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95(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
Good deep ruby-red. Distinctly wild aromas of dark berries, leather and licorice, with a whiff of game; as in some past years, this called to mind a ripe vintage of Leoville-Las Cases. Then dense and savory in the mouth but not especially sweet, with superconcentrated dark fruit flavors showing a brambly mountain intensity and attractive spicy lift. Still extremely backward, this very powerful, youthfully medicinal wine conveys a strong impression of dry extract. The slowly mounting finish features very strong but fine-grained tannins. A good percentage of this wine is fermented in barrels in an attempt to soften its huge Spring Mountain tannins.