2015 Niner Estates Red

Year: 2015
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA-California
Wine Enthusiast: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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35% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Grenache, 8% Mouvedre, 7% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Barbera

"Stewed red currants and a hint of licorice make for a familiar nose on this twist-top blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Barbera. Those bits combine for a tannic sip that's full of acid, with bright and juicy red fruit flavors and sarsaparilla spice." (WE)

Winery Notes:
All of the grapes in this blend were grown at one of our three estate vineyards on the Central Coast of California. Heart Hill Vineyard is located on the western side of Paso Robles, Bootjack Ranch is located on the eastern side of Paso Robles and Jespersen Ranch lies in the Edna Valley region about 30 miles south of Paso Robles.

The 2015 vintage kept our vineyard manager on his toes throughout the growing season with cool and windy spring that resulted in lower yields for most of our varietals. That being said the complexity in this wine comes from the wide breadth of varietals that performed well under the stress of the vintage.

We hand-picked each varietal at night from our vineyards and then hand-sorted the grapes at our winery the following morning. The grapes are delivered to tank using gravity to control extraction and conserve energy. Each varietal is fermented and barreled independently and aged 14 months in a combination of French and Hungarian Oak. 38% of the oak was new adding warmth and richness to the blend.

This exceptionally dark-hued wine captures your attention right out of the bottle and exudes meaty aromatics full of dark fruits & pepper. A finely grained & textured palate is studded with dark chocolate, berry pie & white pepper notes outlined by tannins.