On its own, the first sip of this Syrah 2018 is delightful. It is a little less full bodied but goes down smoothly, especially with a sous vide tenderloin. HOWEVER, I happened to have had a bottle of the 2017 Syrah and compared them - I have to say that the 2017 is a tad better in body and richness. Of course, this is not to say that I did not enjoy the 2018 but it has lost something that the 2017 had going for it. And this is the reason for the 4 stars.