2011 Hosanna, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090923 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 An impressive and powerful wine, with its tannins packed into rich flavors of bitter chocolate and black fruit.  (4/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Now one of my favorite Pomerols (a 2005 tasted in Beijing, China recently was out of this world), the 2011 Hosanna does not have the power of that vintage, or 2009 and 2010, but it exhibits complex forest floor, floral, black raspberry and black cherry notes. With a savory, broad opulence as well as a medium to full-bodied appeal, this silky smooth, seductive, complex wine can be drunk now or cellared for a decade or more. (RP)  (4/2014)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby-purple. Strawberry, white pepper and minerals on the cabernet franc-dominated nose. Rich, deep and large-scaled as usual, with brooding flavors similar to the aromas. The very long finish features supple tannins and lovely sweet floral and milk chocolate notes. One of the vintage's top dozen or so wines and another great result for this estate.  (5/2012)

92 points James Suckling

 A red with plum and milk-chocolate character, plus hints of hazelnut. Medium to full body with firm tannins and a fruity finish. Subtle and firm. Stylish cocoa, berry and mineral undertones. Better in 2016.  (2/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Sports a briary edge, with an ample core of red currant and raspberry fruit, studded with anise, apple wood and incense notes. Still backward today, with the grip winning out, but all the pieces are in place. This should be a more classic, restrained version when it settles in fully. Best from 2017 through 2027.  (3/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Vineyard encépagement: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. Lovely restrained purity of dark fruit with the clarity and graphite note of Cabernet Franc singing out. Lovely mineral tension and freshness. Fine, fine yet smooth dry tannins. Vivacious in a conservative sort of way. Like well-cut cloth. A beautiful wine.  (4/2012)

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2014 | Send Email
Dark fruit and smoky, almost meaty aromas. On the palate, the fruit is there, but underneath a mass of tannin and structure. This wine will need some time to come around.

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