International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(66% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 7% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot): Bright ruby-red. Wonderfully scented nose offers dark currant, black olive, licorice, smoke, caramel oak and shoe polish, all lifted by an exhilarating note of tangerine oil. Sappy, sweet and smooth, showing compelling mineral and floral lift to the intense dark berry flavors. Again, this is not a powerhouse but its penetration and lift are remarkable. Ultimately plusher than the Tychson Hill example and more minerally too. Still a baby.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2014
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90Complex fresh earth, dark berry, spice and cedar aromatics unfold on the palate, with a bright display of currant and blackberry flavors, folding into dusty, cedary underbrush notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96The 2011 Red Wine IX Estate wraps around the palate with gorgeous, expressive fruit, crushed flowers, sweet spices and lovely inner density. Here, the higher elevation of these mountain sites helped keep the fruit dry, resulting in an unusual amount of density and sheer power for the vintage. The 2011 is just as impressive as the component wines were on the two separate occasions I tasted them. I don't quite find the exoticism of the 2010, but this is a fabulous effort just the same. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2026.Author: Antonio Galloni
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