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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2006
($75; 100% whole clusters, from what Mahle describes as a gravelly spot and the first to be picked; features 16.2% alcohol and a pH of 4.15) Saturated ruby. Tarry, raw cassis and kirsch complicated by star anise, pepper and a whiff of white fruit on the nose. Highly concentrated and densely packed, with powerful dark fruit flavors complicated by spices, pepper, minerals, burnt cinders and sexy woodsmoke. Distinctly feral wine ("the evil side of syrah," comments Mahle). Finishes with outsized tannins.