Wine Spectator 96
WS TOP 100 2013 Rank 2
"This takes the power of the vintage and puts it in its pocket for later, preferring instead to let mouthwatering briar, loganberry, mulberry and blackberry fruit strut its way forward, enlivened with roasted wood spice and supported by suavely but thoroughly embedded iron-tinged structure. Should cruise for two decades. Best from 2016 through 2035."
Robert Parker 95
"This wine shows wonderfully exotic tapenade, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, blackberry and sweet cherry notes in its strikingly provocative aromatics. On the palate, the wine is dense and full-bodied, with stunning concentration, purity, texture and length. It is full-bodied, silky smooth and seems to have more in common with the 2009 than one might expect, although the freshness and tannin levels are slightly more elevated. Drink it over the next 20+ years."
Wine Enthusiast 94
Barrel Tasting 93-95
"Very complete, a wine that shows great freshness as well as impressive density. It has some Cabernet spice, allied to juicy black plum fruit flavors. This is going to age well. "
James Suckling 94-95
"This is tight and powerful. Solid frame of fruit and tannins. Curious about this. Like the 2009. This is 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot."
"Fresh, expressive, a really elegant wine with 45% Cabernet in the blend. Impeccable quality of fruit. Abundant tannins but very refined."
"Dark and peppery with dark, dry spices. No immediate sweetness on the palate, deliciously so. Dense and chewy, the fruit so dark. Slight char. Not very expressive but very refined, elegant and long. One of my favourite wines of the tasting."
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