International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89(a blend from six vineyards, all harvested between October 21 and November 2): Bright ruby. Aromas of blueberry, licorice and green pepper, plus a hint of leathery rusticity. Nicely pliant in the mouth, with a slight greenness but good breadth to the dark berry, tobacco and mineral flavors. Robin Lail says that 2011 reminds her of 2000 and 1998 but I rate the newer vintage ahead of both of those earlier years.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2014
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 90A thick, dense red with dried-berry and cherry character, plus hints of toasted oak. Coffee, too. Full body with chocolate aftertaste. Drink or hold.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89I noted that of the six sources used in the well-made 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint, five of them are hillside locations off the valley floor, which no doubt explains its success in this irregular year. The wine's deep ruby/purple is followed by notes of black currants, blackberries, charcoal, forest floor and a hint of cigar tobacco. Impressively endowed for a 2011, this soft Cabernet should be consumed over the next 7-10 years.Author: Robert Parker
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 86 bottles owned
- 17 collectors