This past shabbos I had a blind tasting of all California Syrah wines from the 2009 vintage:
http://kosherwinemusings.com/2013/06/28 ... nia-syrah/
Some were so-so, some were great, and some were awesome. No dates (maybe a hint here and there), no raisin, just tons of ripe and controlled blue and black fruit - which is what you get from California Syrah and not always from Israeli Syrah. Of course VDR and Netofa are exceptions to me - as they are really good wines - no matter if they come from France of Israel.