International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97(15.1% alcohol; blended with 7% petit verdot): Deep ruby-red. Raspberry, anise and flowers on the perfumed nose. Sappy and penetrating in the mouth, with terrific mineral and floral cut currently restraining the wine's sweetness. But this wine boasts outstanding intensity and precision to its deep berry flavors. The very pure, palate-staining finish features noble, seamless tanning and great energy. All those who reject wines with 15+% alcohol out of hand should try this one.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2014
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95Exhibiting layers of complexity, finesse and nuance, this offers a captivating opening mix of gravel-laced plum and blackberry flavors. Perfumed notes of sweet plum, cassis and cherry rise into the finish. The tannins are rich, loamy and fine-grained.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus, which is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot, was harvested much earlier, October 9-18, and aged 25 months in French oak (more than 90% new). There are only 300 cases of this wine, which has a striking floral nose with hints of licorice, burning embers, incense, blueberry and blackberry liqueur. It's powerful, lightly tannic, extravagantly rich and a great classic from a fabulous terroir and impeccable winemaking and elevage. Drink it over the next 20+ years.Author: Robert Parker
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 160 bottles owned
- 50 collectors