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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013
(from 118-year-old vines; includes an 8% mix of alicante bouschet, grand noir, petite sirah and carignane; 15.8% alcohol and a pH of 3.5): Opaque ruby. Powerful, brooding aromas of cherry-vanilla, cassis, dark chocolate and licorice. Dense and sweet, with a velvety texture, offering strong dark berry and plum preserve flavors brightened by a peppery nuance. Shows serious concentration and extract on the finish, featuring smooth tannins and a touch of mocha. This needs some time. Officer told me that this fruit was picked on October 1, safely ahead of the heavy rains.