Ambassador’s 2017 Plenipotentiary Syrah from Red Mountain AVA consists of 100% Syrah and spent 18 months in barrel (50% new french oak) before bottling. After opening up for several hours, the nose explodes with aromas of black plum, ground cloves and iron. The palate beams of wild black bramble, freshly ground black pepper, charcuterie, thyme and just a touch of orange pith on the savory and chewy finish. The new french oak is nicely integrated and the wine drinks beautifully now. Only 150 cases produced.