(2011 Vintage) Only 6.4 inches of rainfall were recorded from January to June (versus 17.7 inches average). Low reserves of soil water limited vine growth. While average temperatures remained warm throughout spring and summer, no heat spikes were recorded in July, August or September. In terms of thermal time (growing degree days), the season was 18 days ahead of the norm at the beginning of harvest (September 10).
Wine SpectatorRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.
Wine AdvocateRating: 96/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 89.
International Wine CellarRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 104, September/October 2002. (tasted at Dominus) Good full red. Expressive aromas of plum, currant, maple syrup and licorice. Leanish and firm on the palate, with raw currant and tobacco leaf notes. Losing its flesh. Narrows toward the end, finishing with somewhat hard-edged tannins but good persistence. Seems slightly past its best.