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Niner Wine Estates Syrah Paso Robles 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Dark and mysterious on the nose with game undercurrents and licorice, vanilla and tar accents to the dried plum and black currant fruit. This is a big, rich, powerful wine with a lot of blackness obscuring any detail today. It's smooth and supple, if opaque in the mouth with glimpses of vanilla oak, green olive, and violet along with a note of bitter orange peel, all struggling to reveal themselves on the palate. The finish is a touch short with a bit of coffee oak over blueberry and blackberry fruit, but it's not really showing much either. Tough to score this, it is really well balanced and shows great promise, but it's hiding most of what it's got today. Give it 89pts based on potential with room for significant improvement.

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Niner Wine Estates:
Founded in 2001, Niner Wine Estates is dedicated to making the highest quality wines possible in the Paso Robles appellation, using only estate-grown fruit. Owner Dick Niner’s attachment to Paso Robles and the bounty of its land came from his early upbringing on a rural farm in West Virginia. Niner followed a somewhat unusual path from farm to vineyard; out of Princeton University and Harvard ... Read more
Founded in 2001, Niner Wine Estates is dedicated to making the highest quality wines possible in the Paso Robles appellation, using only estate-grown fruit. Owner Dick Niner’s attachment to Paso Robles and the bounty of its land came from his early upbringing on a rural farm in West Virginia. Niner followed a somewhat unusual path from farm to vineyard; out of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, he spent over 30 years successfully investing in small businesses, most of them turn-arounds. It was, in fact, a business deal that first brought him to San Luis Obispo County in 1996. That deal led him to spend large amounts of time in the county, and re-kindled his interest in farming and the wine industry. Bootjack Ranch, a 224 acre property on Highway 46 East in Paso Robles, became the foundation of Niner Wine Estates in February, 2001. It was followed two years later by the acquisition of 139 acre Heart Hill Vineyard, which gets its name from a natural oak-tree filled depression on the hillside near the road in the perfect shape of a heart. Having purchased Bootjack Ranch, which then had 54 acres planted to seven varietals, Niner realized his need for a first-rate viticulturist. Distinguished winegrower Jim Smoot had helped him with the due diligence on the property, and then signed on to stay with Bootjack as a consultant. Jerry Grant came on board as the day-to-day vineyard manager. Working closely together, Jim Smoot and Jerry Grant formed a remarkable team. Under their combined leadership, Bootjack Ranch was developed into one of the leading vineyards in the area. Niner signed on legendary winemaker Chuck Ortman to advise, consult, and get the first vintage started. They hired Amanda Cramer in 2004 as full-time winemaker. Construction has begun for the elegant stone barn tasting room and state-of-the-art gravity flow winery on the Heart Hill property on the west side of Paso Robles. Seventy acres of vines surrounding the winery are slated to be planted; the first phase began spring, 2007. Niner wines inaugural vintage was released in January of 2006. Varietals currently include Sauvignon blanc, Barbera Rosato, Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, an Italian blend and a proprietary red blend called Fog Catcher. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Niner Wine Estates Syrah Paso Robles

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,724
0.00 5
01/28/2013

Dark and mysterious on the nose with game undercurrents and licorice, vanilla and tar accents to the dried plum and black currant fruit. This is a big, rich, powerful wine with a lot of blackness obscuring any detail today. It's smooth and supple, if opaque in the mouth with glimpses of vanilla oak, green olive, and violet along with a note of bitter orange peel, all struggling to reveal themselves on the palate. The finish is a touch short with a bit of coffee oak over blueberry and blackberry fruit, but it's not really showing much either. Tough to score this, it is really well balanced and shows great promise, but it's hiding most of what it's got today. Give it 89pts based on potential with room for significant improvement.


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.00 5
01/11/2013

Big and oaky aroma, with lots of vanilla, cloves, and orange peel. Medium body.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
05/30/2012

Vanilla milk chocolates juicy red and black fruit with smooth supple tannins. Full bodied, tinge of pepper on the nose and on the finish. Yummy.


Snooth User: ampelography
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 09/18/2009

Four glasses



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