Complex structure and silky appeal. Our 2012 England-Shaw Syrah carries rustic Northern Rhône character on the shoulders of ultraripe California fruit. Loaded with smoked bacon, molasses, dark fruit and a dusting of Cajun spices and cocoa powder, this intense, full-bodied wine unfolds in layers. With a nice fatness across the middle, the meaty black cherry spice picks up elements of wood on the back of the palate for a long, satisfying finish. The complex structure and silky appeal of this wine pair with equally compelling, well-balanced dishes such as braised short ribs, steak au poivre or potatoes gratin.