The 2011 Proprietary Red Blend St. Eden is even better than it was last year from the barrel. This is always a great sign and reflects not only excellent winemaking, but meticulous élevage and bottling techniques. One of the superstars of this much maligned vintage, this beauty offers up notes of forest floor, Christmas fruitcake, cedar, blackcurrants and sweet cherries. Broad, savory, full-bodied and opulent, it is already complex and delicious, and should continue to provide immense pleasure for 10-15 more years. (RP)
The 2011 St. Eden is especially dark and brooding in this vintage. Inward and tightly wound, the 2011 nevertheless possesses gorgeous mid-palate density and finesse. Graphite, smoke, earthiness, dark cherry and plum notes gradually open up. Hints of sage, tobacco and menthol are all laced into the powerful finish. The 2011 St. Eden is a gem, it just needs time to fully come together. (AG)
This is chewy, with a tar and berry character, including raspberries. Full body, tangy acidity, burnt orange and juicy fruit. Better in 2017.
Full, bright medium ruby. Cool aromas of blackberry, cassis, blueberry and licorice. Tightly wound, savory and intense; not sweet or expansive but boasts terrific energy and lift to its salty mineral and pepper flavors. This classically dry, rather uncompromising wine finishes with outstanding subtle length and surprisingly ripe, refined tannins. This wine reminded me a bit of Chateau Latour when I tasted it shortly after the bottling and I can still see that quality today, but the wine is a baby. St. Eden has normally been known for its relatively early accessibility vis-a-vis the other Bond bottlings, but the younger vintages at this tasting did not show that characteristic. (ST) 93+
Firm, dense and concentrated, with a tight core of chewy blackberry, gravel, graphite, black licorice and cedar, ending with gripping tannins and a pretty floral scent. Drink now through 2022. (JL)
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