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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013
(48% syrah, 28% cabernet sauvignon and 24% petit verdot; 100% new French oak): Saturated ruby. A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet displays dark berry preserves, lavender, incense and smoky Indian spices. Smooth, palate-staining blueberry and floral pastille flavors show outstanding depth and energy, thanks to bright acidity and a peppery spice nuance. A zesty mineral note comes up on the strikingly long finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of allspice. I also had the chance to re-visit the superb 2010 version of this bottling at a dinner Paso Robles and it is showing beautifully, with exotic dark berry and floral pastille character and tannins that are harmonizing far more quickly than I'd have imagined. Maybe I just caught the wine in an extroverted phase but I found it almost shockingly drinkable, not to mention flat-out delicious.