So, I went back to one of our local wine merchants (Burlington, VT) and grabbed a bottle of 2001 Edmunds St. John Syrah, "Wylie-Fenaughty", El Dorado County. At $18.99, I figured it was worth a shot especially considering this is a purveyor that keeps the store at a cool temperature and has a special "cellar" section that has subdued lighting that makes buying a wine with some age (even at $18.99) a more confident purchase.
The color was still a vibrant purple tinged raspberry with a nose of cassis and a slight earthiness. The mouthfeel was light but with a short but pleasant finsh that hinted at a slightly smokey vanilla (kind of like creme brulee without the sweeteness........another sip as I write this to create another reference point). This is not the typical CA Syrah as it is not as extracted/inky as many and is very subtle and polished. A very nice wine especially under $20. Hopefully the other 5 bottles are there when I return later this week. The rest of this bottle will be served with a roasted turkey breast with a savory sausage stuffing.