97 points Vinous: "A highly complex bouquet evokes red and blue fruit preserves, along with suave Asian spice, floral oil and smoky mineral flourishes. Shows impressive definition and lift on the palate, offering spice-tinged boysenberry, cherry cola, Chambord, candied lavender and spicecake flavors that put on weight as the wine opens up. Finishes extremely long and lively, with fine-grained tannins providing closing grip to lingering raspberry and bitter chocolate notes. All Pommard clone; made with a combination of whole-cluster and de-stemmed fruit and raised in 20% new French oak."
This as-of-yet-but-possibly-soon-to-be-revealed vineyard brings the “WOW” factor and has every year. That it does it in this vintage says something beyond what we already knew about the special nature of this site. Even in a cellar loaded with great vineyards and great wines this pops in every sensory category. Just a spectacular wine of grace, richness, balance and burgeoning complexity. The 2009 recently tasted in a line-up of serious, serious heavy hitter Burgs from a single Grand Cru site held its own and then some.
The 100% whole cluster fermenter barrels provide this wine with the depth and structure that make this wine unique for the Dundee Hills while the destemmed barrels bring an amazing intensity and suppleness of fruit without the sort of sweetness in the flavors one would expect from such a concentrated wine. This is simply one of the greatest vineyards in America on a hillside that contains some of the oldest, most historically relevant and iconic vineyards. We are fortunate to receive this fruit on a regular basis now.