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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012
(15.5% alcohol, from a blend of clones 337 and 7): Bright ruby-red. Wild aromas of raspberry, blackberry, leather, licorice, smoke and game. Lush and large-scaled, with a slightly liqueur-like quality to the black raspberry and creamy oak flavors. Finishes with big but ripe tannins and a lingering chocolate liqueur flavor. The rather muscular clone 7 tannins are always slow to evolve, notes winemaker Bob Foley. Still a bit reduced today and worth following. (My sample of the Petite Sirah was distinctly porty and too chocolatey-hot for me.)