Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 93+
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, rich, expansive wine. Layers of blue and black fruit, spices and flowers flow gracefully from this textured, inviting Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 possesses an inner glow and warmth that is immensely appealing. An elegant, finessed finish rounds things out beautifully. This is a terrific showing from Celia Welch. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024"
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 92
Bright medium ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, blackberry, bitter chocolate, anise and toasted pecan. Concentrated, broad and pliant, with blackcurrant and chocolate flavors enlivened by a sweet/tart note of cranberry. Serious, firmly structured cabernet with a real pop of fresh fruit on the back end. This is the label of Celia Welch, who also makes wine at Scarecrow and several other Napa Valley properties. The Pritchard Hill fruit gives this wine its tannic spine, she told me, while the Oakville component provides lift.