100% bootjack ranch
91% carmenere, 8% cabernet sauvignon, 1% cabernet franc
We farm 4 of the 60 acres of Carmenere planted in California. The varietal has an inherent charred green bell pepper characteristic that defines our winemaking approach. But it isn’t one dimensional – it offers juicy fruit & dark caramel notes in addition to green aromas. Think of street tacos topped with some freshly shaved bell pepper, lightly charred tomatillo & blackberry salsa. Seriously – smell this wine and try not to crave carne asada. This wine has such a savory dominant nose that you expect the palate to follow through in a similar way but juicy blackberry & blueberry flavors take over on a full palate that melts slowly away and leaves you wondering why more wines don’t taste like this.
95 points - rich cook, wine reviews online
I'm glad that Niner continues to make a stand-alone bottling of Carmenere -- their eastside estate source is a winner. The 2014 shows a very complex and layered aroma profile that opens with the expected bell pepper note, but is quickly joined by mint, blackberry, tar and pie spice. This all translates beautifully to a vibrant wave of palate flavor, emphasizing red fruit and berries with a spice and pepper finish. Judicious use of heavy toast oak adds character without covering the luscious fruit. Very nice!
90 points - wine enthusiast
Carmenère is a rarity in California, but this bottling, which includes 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, makes a strong case for planting more. Smoky blueberry and black currant scents meet with bacon fat, toast and rocky minerality on the nose. The palate blends black plum with vanilla bean and mocha flavors. Quite accessible, interesting and delicious.
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