The Sangiacomo Family developed a 12-acre Sonoma Coast vineyard for us in the mid-90s, using budwood from three Northern Rhone appellations -- Cornas, Hermitage and Cote Rotie. We find aspects of all three in the finished wine, but its real charm is "New World Syrah" character. That has come to mean a combination of exotic spices and gobs of fruit, with an engaging degree of softness. Have you been assuming that Syrah can't deliver as much satisfaction - and bang for your buck - as other red varietals? Here's proof to the contrary.
My wife and I enjoyed this recently, but there's a hint of how good it might be after laying down for a while.