92-Points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"(61% cabernet franc, 25% merlot and 14% cabernet sauvignon): Bright red-ruby to the rim. Musky dark berries and espresso on the nose. Smooth and fine-grained but youthfully backward, even medicinal, in the middle palate, with sexy flavors of black cherry, coffee and spices. Perhaps the longest of this set of 2009s, finishing with broad tannins that coat the incisors and front teeth. This very well balanced wine blossomed beautifully in the glass but I'd give it at least a couple years in the cellar before pulling the cork. If the Illustration is Pomerol-like, this is more Saint-Emilion.
92-Points Wine Enthusiast Hard tannins currently lock this wine down. Although it's astringent, it's very polished and complex. Made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, in that order, it's marked by black cherry, red currant and cedar flavors, and finishes totally dry. The vineyard is in the cool Oak Knoll District, which helps explain the acidity and tightness. Difficult to predict if it will age.