Jeb Dunnuck writes in The Wine Advocate: "Last of the 2011s and one of the most elegant Petite Sirahs out there, the 2011 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard is a knockout effort that offers up thrilling aromas of smoky black and red raspberries, tar, licorice, mineral and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, tannic and structured, yet also seamless and silky, with loads of depth and richness, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will have 15+ years of total longevity. Drink now-2026. Craig Jaffurs continues to produce a bevy of brilliant Rhone blends from his winery in Santa Barbara. While his 2010s are spectacular, his 2011s are lighter in color and weight, with more upfront characters. They should pick up additional weight with some bottle time, yet most will require drinking over the coming 5-6 years."
Josh Raynolds writes in International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Deeply pitched dark fruit compote and licorice scents are energized by peppery spices, flowers and a hint of smoky minerals. At once rich and lively in the mouth, offering palate-staining cassis, bitter cherry and candied violet flavors that spread out on the back half. Finishes smooth and sweet, with the cherry and violet notes echoing. Shows no signs of its 15.3% alcohol, which is no mean feat."