Score: 95 | June 1, 2013 | Wine Spectator
Features a roasted charry note to the black cherry and red berry flavors, with a beam of mineral and spice. Turns elegant on the finish, revealing a lingering aftertaste of underbrush, spice and mineral. Best from 2016 through 2035. 523 cases made. –BS
Score: Double Gold | February 1, 2013 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 96 | June 1, 2012 | Wine Enthusiast
Editor's Choice. With the 2009 vintage, De Loach is at the top of its Pinot Noir game, and this one, from a chilly vineyard south of Sebastopol, is among its best ever. The crisp acidity, like a squirt of lime, that accompanies the raspberry, cherry and persimmon fruit is bracing. Meanwhile, a mushroomy earthiness gives complex layers that don’t stop. It should age through the next decade.
Score: 97 | February 1, 2012 | Wine Enthusiast
An outstanding wine, the best California Cabernet Jean-Charles Boisset has ever produced from any of his properties. It stands out in any tasting of its peers. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and aged in 60% new oak, it shows satisfying, complex flavors of blackberries, blueberries, cassis, hazelnut-infused chocolate and spices. Hard to exaggerate its power and grace. Wonderful now and good for six years, but it's difficult to predict its evolution beyond 2018. -S.H.
Score: 94-97 | January 1, 2011 | Burghound
(from a tiny parcel of only .17 ha) 80% whole clusters. A dazzling array of spice, earth, mineral, fruit and overt floral aromas that change every few seconds while introducing elegant, pure, transparent and vibrant tightly constructed flavors that possess superb power and striking depth of material on the unbelievably long finish. This is quite firmly structured but impeccably well-balanced and this brilliant effort is a perfect example of the term power without weight. A monument in the making as there is just another dimension here. 2024+