The grapes from this extremely limited bottling come from two very distinct blocks on our estate vineyard, blocks 9A and 9B. Block 9A is a Spanish Garnacha clone planted on our only northwest slope. The neighboring block, 9B, is an Alban clone that runs directly along the ridge at just over 1900 feet elevation. Both blocks are trained in a goblet style. This wine has a lush texture that weaves together dried strawberries, ripe raspberries, licorice, thyme, sage and rosemary harmoniously with brilliant acidity on an elevated finish and can be aged for at least the next seven years.
93 Points, Wine Spectator - Tim Fish
Refined and tightly focused, with vibrant aromas of raspberry, smoky sage and pepper that lead to complex flavors of ripe cherry, licorice and mineral, framed by a beam of lively acidity and tannins. Drink now through 2027.
92 Points, Robert Parker
A step back from the incredible 2011, the 2012 The Nines is 100% Grenache that was raised mostly in 50% new 500-liter puncheons, yet had a small percentage aged in one concrete egg. Medium ruby in color, it gives up lots of chalky minerality, dried rose petal, kirsch liqueur and spice-box notes in a medium to full-bodied, polished, elegant and supple package. It will benefit from a year or so in bottle and drink nicely through 2022.
92 Points, Vinous Media - Josh Raynolds
Bright ruby-red. Hugely aromatic scents of ripe red berries, potpourri and incense, along with a subtle smoky topnote. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and floral pastille flavors that deepen with air. Very pure, seamless Grenache with excellent closing focus, sneaky tannins and a whiplash of sweet red fruit.