Stephen Tanzer (ST): 90
"Opaque black-ruby. More brooding aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and smoky oak, plus stony and mineral nuances; slight hint of exotic fruits ... with penetrating flavor and terrific vivacity. A floral note and a suggestion of chalky terroir contribute to the wine complexity. Finishes with firm but even tannins. Showing considerably more fruit complexity and personality than last year, when I tasted this wine in its several components ..."
Wine Spectator (WS): 91
"Oozing with blackberry, cedar, raspberry and coffee aromas. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a caressing finish ... Well done for the vintage."