An impressive effort for this 100% Syrah from winemaker John Duval, from the iconic Penfolds Grange fame, the Sequel is his Washington next chapter of winemaking with Syrah but in Washington State. The wine is fermented with ⅓ whole cluster to give a fuller body and is finished by aging 18 months in French oak barrels, with 60% of them being new. It is dark and showy in the glass and aromas of fresh blue fruits, black raspberry, peppered salami and violet flowers form this phenomenal nose. On the palate, you are treated with flavors of blueberry compote, black plum, cigar box, crushed gravel, toasted black peppercorn, black Spanish olive, dried lavender and venison jerky. This wine is complex, gorgeous and absolutely yummy. Highly recommended.