Vinous 94 points - Dark berries and minerals on the vibrant, sweet nose. Intensely flavored but light on its feet, conveying an impression of serious power without any excess weight. Dark berry fruit flavors are complicated by subtle soil tones and strong graphite minerality. This wonderfully concentrated, seamless wine finishes with noble tannins and outstanding palate-staining persistence. A good bit of this material is declassified into DeLille’s D2 and Four Flags bottlings. Wonderfully suave Washington cabernet for extended cellaring.
Wine Spectator 92 points - Broad and spicy, with a swarm of fine tannins wrapping around a core of spicy blueberry and plum fruit, picking up peppery notes as the finish lingers intently. Best from 2017 through 2020.H.S. (Sep 3 2014)
Wine Advocate 95 points - The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel (100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in 100% new French oak for 20 to 22 months) is still backward and tight, with slightly reticent aromas of graphite, black cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and singed cedar flowing to a full-bodied, nicely concentrated and structured feel on the palate. Showing mostly structure and tannin at present, it needs 3-4 years in the cellar, and assuming it fleshes out, will have a long life ahead of it. Id like to see more mid-palate depth at this point, but its still a superb wine that will have 10-15 years of longevity even on the most conservative side.”,,, (Jun 2014)