I haven’t had the 2005 Hudson yet(but i am guessing i will really like it), b/c I really loved the 2004 and liked the 2006 a lot as well. I love Havens b/c they make tend to make unique wines with unusual elegance, floral, savory and spice notes. After drinking some higher end CA cabs and syrahs recently, i constantly find myself wishing they had more balance and complexity like the Havens.
You have mentioned oakiness on a few of your 06 Havens notes. I only felt like the Black and Blue was heavy on oak, but even there its not overly toasty oak that masks the other complexities AND it has a very good chance of integrating more over time in my mind (in fact the Black and Blue was pretty darn good on night 2).
Hmmm, I really enjoyed the '06, hence I bought the '05 and '06 mixed set from Woot in quantity. Found a fair amount of integrated oak on the '06, but it wasn’t sticking out really. Since I got 2 of the '05 for every '06, this is somewhat concerning.
Oh well, no biggie. Still have a mixed case of '06s across Hudson Syrah, Reserve Merlot and Bourriquot. $13 per is certainly OK if the '05s go into the regular drinker column.
A lengthy profile entitled “The Million Dollar Nose” ran in The Atlantic Monthly in December 2000. Among other claims, Parker told the author that he tastes 10,000 wines a year and “remembers every wine he has tasted over the past thirty-two years and, within a few points, every score he has given as well.”  Yet in a public blind tasting of fifteen top wines from Bordeaux 2005, which he has called “the greatest vintage of my lifetime,” Parker could not correctly identify any of the wines, confusing left bank wines for right several times.
Finally got around to tasting one of my '05 Hudson Syrahs. Definitely agree with Dan, great nose, clunky on the palate with a bitter bite on the finish. For $13, will probably toss these into the near term drinking bin unless I find some positive bottle variation that makes me think there is possibility of upside.
2005 Havens Wine Cellars Syrah T Block Hudson Vineyard- USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros (3/5/2010)
Funky gamey smell, bacon fat, herbs, toast and vanilla bouquet. A bit hollow in the middle. Shows some oaky yogurt and toast flavors. Strange bitterness on the finish. Some heat on nose and finish. Medium high acid, healthy level of tannin. Seems to have a serious, ambitious aromatic profile, but too much oak and bitterness on the palate. (80 pts.)