Vinous 92 points - (14.9% alcohol): Saturated medium ruby. Exotic crushed berries, mocha and lead pencil on the nose; a bit less complex than the 2010. Chewy and strong if a bit rougher and warmer than the young ’10, with black cherry and licorice flavors joined by smoke, loam and chocolatey oak. Ultimately pliant and sweet but the substantial dusty tannins will require at least three or four years to harmonize.
92+ Points (May 2013)
Wine Advocate 95 points - The dense blue/purple-colored 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate possesses a complex bouquet of black cherry and black currant liqueur, forest floor, baking spice and subtle background oak. This rich, complex, full-bodied 2009 is just beginning to open and show tertiary nuances. It should continue to age well for 20-25 years. (Oct 2013)
Wine Spectator 92 points - This pure, elegant red delivers supple, refined red berry, black cherry and subtle spicy-floral scents. Offers less richness than some Staglins, yet shows delicacy and finesse. Drink now through 2024.óJ.L. (Aug 15 2012)