Vinous 89 points - (an old-vines blend of 38% malbec, 26% cabernet franc, 23% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 3% petit verdot, reportedly cropped at just 18 hectoliters per hectare): Good medium ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, blueberry and licorice. Concentrated, juicy and tightly wound, with a slightly high-toned character to the flavors of crushed blackberry, minerals, licorice and bitter chocolate. Almost tart today, this firm, vibrant, very young wine needs time in bottle and may ultimately merit an outstanding rating.
89+ Points (Mar 2014)
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2011 Quimera is a blend of all five varietals from Bordeaux aged for 12 months in barrel (1/3 new barrel, the rest second-year barrels) and 2-3 months in tank to settle the lees. In 2011 everything was fermented separately. When they have simultaneous ripeness they co-ferment, but it was not the case here. It feels very Bordeaux, quite ripe, juicy with a mixture of blackberries, red berries and a little smoke. They look for barrels that respect the wine. It still feels a little tannic. We tasted some older vintages and the 2006 still has fruit and freshness. Drink 2015-2019. (Apr 2014)
Wine Spectator 92 points - This dark, compact red leads with a floral note to the racy cassis and cherry puree fruit, well-integrated with fine tannins and bright acidity. Offers a long finish of fruit, mineral and tobacco. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2018.—N.W. (Aug 28 2013)