2003 Empyrean Cygnus Syrah
Cygnus is the swan in the stars
Every Playboy gentleman knows that he is a star. He deserves wines that are stars also. Even better, he deserves star wines that are based on the constellations of stars in the sky. Cygnus is the constellation of the swan, the graceful white bird that is truly majestic. Empyrean selected Cygnus for their Syrah because they envisioned the wine like the swan: graceful. Aiming to combine Old World finesse and New World strength, Cygnus succeeds in being the epitome of grace. This syrah needs some time to open up but once it does, you’ll instantly know that wine is just entering its peak. Pepper, tobacco and ripe blackberries are all present on the palate, undiminished by time and balanced by oak and soft tannins. Certainly graceful.