2011 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
This is a powerfully woody wine that shows more wood than fruit at this stage. Structured, austere and powerful, it needs time to flesh out. Drink from 2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-purple. Open, forward nose showcases spicy red berry and underbrush aromas. Soft, supple darker fruit flavors are complemented by notes of underbrush and minerals. Finishes with polished tannins and a stony overlay, but currently comes across as a little simple.
The plum, cassis and raspberry fruit is allied to singed sandalwood and apple wood notes, with a lingering spice accent on the judiciously toasty finish. A rather elegant rendering of St.-Julien that should hold on well enough in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2025.
Lots of earthy, spicy and dried-fruit character. Full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Needs two years to come together. Try in 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Rich, evolved, cedary, black currant and cherry fruit are present in this dark ruby-colored 2011. With medium body, pleasant ripeness and fruitiness, good purity and depth but no herbaceousness or hardness, it has a precocious, flattering, up-front appeal that suggests it will drink well for 10-15 years.