(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).
International Wine CellarRating: 96/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 85, July/August 1999 Very saturated dark red-ruby. Youthful, supercomplex aromas of plum liqueur, currant, brown spices, leather and chocolate, plus an ineffable animal/vegetal/mineral element. Wonderful penetrating sweetness in the mouth; dense, thick, very intensely flavored and pungent. Sharply delineated. Perhaps not quite the sheer size of the '94. Finishes extremely long and focused, with fine tannins an...
Wine AdvocateRating: 98/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # E2002 on Feb-97
Wine SpectatorRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/02
Robert ParkerRating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate