For his Syrah, winemaker and proprietor, Jeff Gaffner, particularly likes the fruit from the Owl Box Block, named for the two owl boxes 'whose inhabitants provide pesticide-free rodent control' of Parmelee-Hill Vineyard in Sonoma Coast. While it only makes up less than one acre of the 52-acre vineyard, the block is perched on the edge of a hill where the wind “helps concentrate the violet and lavender tones”. Jeff aged this very cozy Syrah which also includes 10% Viognier in a mix of new and one year old French oak barrels for 10 months, then let the wine age further in bottle before release. The Viognier helps bring out those violet aromas on the nose which also offers scents of fresh thyme, white pepper, black olive and dark berry. The full-bodied palate is very juicy with rich, densely packed dark red fruits flavors as well as notes of marinated olives to go with its meaty/gamey character. The wine ends with a suggestion of sweet cocoa and cinnamon yet it also feels fresh and savory at the same time. With such a fun split personality, this lusty, supple Syrah would be an equally tasty pairing with a decadent Mole sauce or herb encrusted rack of lamb.