97 points Wine Spectator
"Well-proportioned, showing fine balance and grip to the fresh boysenberry, red plum and wild cherry flavors. Intense black fig and dark chocolate notes appear on the firm, powerful finish. Best from 2040 through 2060. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,250 cases made."
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2011 Sandeman Vintage Porto has a very precise nose that is imbued with far more clarity than previous vintages: pure black cherries, minerals, creme de cassis and violets, like a super-charged Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced, the black cherries intermingling with marmalade, fig and raisin. It is seductive toward the finish, confirming its impressive showing out-of-barrel last year. This is without doubt the finest Sandeman of the modern age."
92 points Wine & Spirits
"Sandeman gets a refresh with the 2011 vintage. Now part of Sogrape and positioned as its top Port selection by winemaker Luis Sottomayor, this classic brand hasn’t produced a vintage of this quality since 1963. Rather than the traditional, rather lean style of Sandeman from the early 20th century, this is powerfully ripe and black, the aroma robed in purple fruit, the flavors running deep. The concentration is apparent from the color to the constricting intensity of the tannins, which hold the finish to a savory length. A gracious wine on a big scale, this is designed to power through the decades ahead."
91 points James Suckling
"Very dark color here. Crushed blackberries and minerals on the nose. Very pure and focused. Full body, medium sweetness, firm and silky with pretty fruit on the finish. Very refined."
"Extraordinary fragrance; wonderful density and expression and mouthfeel. An absolute pearl - so full of life! Still a newborn too. Layers of rich fruit intensity. 18.5/20 points. (RH)"