Wine Spectator 91 points - This dark, zesty red features bright acidity behind the plum and wild berry fruit, offering savory hints of humus, olive and charred herb on the long, tangy finish. Drink now through 2016. 50 cases imported.-NW
(Aug 31 2013)
Vinous 89 points - (15.9% alcohol; blended with 8% syrah and 2% petit verdot; aged for 24 months in new French oak): Full ruby-red. Port-like ripeness to the aromas of black raspberry, licorice, chocolate-cherry truffle and molasses, plus an almost PX-like suggestion of nut skin. Rich, layered and deep, in a distinctly thick style but a bit less aggressive than the 2008. Shows decent brightness, but will this gain complexity with time in bottle or will it become hotter? I’d rather drink this producer’s regular estate malbec at a fraction of the price.