90 points Connoisseurs' Guide to CA WineThere are graceful aromas of black cherry and toasty oak. On the palate, the wine is plush with pleasing flavors of plum, blackberry and creamy oak. These wonderful fruit flavors balance beautifully with the soft structure and lingering finish.
90 points James Suckling"A juicy and fruity red with plum and dried berry character. Some terracotta too. Full and velvety tannins. Very drinkable now but will improve with age." Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
93 points James Suckling"Subtle and complex with mint, black currant and licorice aromas. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Clean and refined. A delicious cabernet to drink now or later."
91 points Wine Enthusiast"...this full-bodied, structured wine shows supple tannin and dark cherry, blackberry and tobacco flavors. Oak-derived notes of vanilla, clove and smoke are also present..."
94 points Decanter"A brooding and reserved bouquet opens up with air, revealing aromas of crushed currants, sweet tobacco and pencil shavings. On the palate, the wine is powerful and full-bodied, with a chassis of firm but fine savoury tannins, underpinned by a good line of acid. This is more taut, structural and incipiently complex than its Napa counterpart, and will reward some time in the cellar. Drinking Window: 2018-2033
93 points Wine EnthusiastGenerous and concentrated on the palate, this dynamic wine delivers tis signature of alluring, savory blueberry and blackberry fruit, freshly ground espresso and aromas of anise, dried sage and cigar box. Persistent finish of dark fruits unfolds to reveal notes of graphite, toasted hazelnut and seamless, finely-knit tannins. "…this is a luxuriously thick and decadent wine, integrated in tannin and oak, with a length on the palate."
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95 points The Wine Advocate
98 points James Suckling"Fabulous aromas of currants, licorice and eucalyptus. Full body with an intense backbone of acidity and tannins. Chewy but wonderfully polished. Turns to terracotta. Firm and silky. Great wine. Try it in 2018. 3,000 cases."
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98 points The Wine Advocate"...Offering up plenty of creme de cassis, coffee bean, toasted spice, pencil shavings and violet-like qualities on the nose, it has palate staining levels of extract and tannin that come through on the mid-palate and finish. Gorgeously full-bodied, layered and textured, with perfect balance, this awesome Cabernet needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years and will have two to three decades of longevity. Drink 2018-2030."
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96 points The Wine Advocate"...the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has uncommon concentration and depth in the vintage, as well as a broad, structured profile that will allow it to age gracefully. Loaded with sweet creme de cassis, exotic spice, licorice and graphite, it’s a full-bodied, elegant and classically styled effort that has nothing out of place, fine, building tannin and a rock star finish. It will be approachable at an earlier stage than most vintages, yet still have two decades of longevity."