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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013
(made from fruit harvested on October 26; about a third whole clusters and 22% new French oak): Opaque ruby. Captivating, high-toned bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, pungent herbs, smoky minerals and notes of clove, cola and black cardamom. Supple, fine-grained and seductively sweet, with a velvety texture and intense, spice-accented blueberry and cassis flavors. Harmonious tannins make a late appearance on the pliant, clinging finish. A sexy, complex syrah, with great upfront appeal. Officer told me that even though this fruit hung through the heavy early October rains the loose clusters prevented botrytis, as did open canopies.