89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(15.5% alcohol): Deep ruby-red. Reticent aromas of black raspberry, plum, coffee and mocha. Sweet and chewy if a bit unrefined, with chocolate and nutty oak flavors dominating. Finishes with dusty tannins and a repeating chocolatey quality. The crop level here was very low due to shatter, but I don't find enough nuance. Still, this is fresher than the 2007 version.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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