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March 13, 2019 | Wine News

93+ Point Scores on New Releases

long time wine writer rich cook recently visited our estate in paso robles to taste through a few of our recent releases with winemaker patrick muran

Close up of Heart Hill Grenache, Bootjack Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, and Heart Hill Malbec bottles


94 points - 2016 reserve cabernet sauvignon, Bootjack ranch

"Bootjack Ranch is out on the east side of the Paso Robles macro AVA in the Geneseo District, and this pure expression of the area is a brooding, dark side Cabernet with deep blackberry, cassis, fennel and toasty oak aromas and flavors.  It’s just coming together, but is going to drink beautifully over the next ten years. 100% varietal." $65 · Shop here »

94 points - 2016 estate cabernet sauvignon

"Classic varietal aromas and flavors with a Paso twist, but more depth than a lot of other examples from the locale.  The nose is forward Black Cherry and currants, delivered on the palate with mild dried herbs and well folded oak spice, riding a moderate grip through a long finish. Contains 9% Carmenere, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cab Franc." - $45 · Shop here »

94 points - 2017 pinot noir, edna valley

"Another deftly handled wine from Molly Bohlman, where the rhubarb driven profile is joined by easy fall spice, black cherry, sassafras and light stemmy character that together make a great food friendly wine that leans toward the pork tenderloin side of the menu.  This can handle a nice herb and spice crust on the meat." - $35 · Shop here »

93 points - 2016 reserve malbec, heart hill vineyard

"From the estate vineyard known for its heart shaped knoll of oak trees in the middle, located in the southeastern corner of Willow Creek District.  A bold Malbec, with a deep nose of black cherry, savory spice and moderate oak toast.  Decant this one long near term, or age 15 years for a start.  Go for a big beefy dish - braised short ribs comes to mind...  contains 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot."  - $65 · Shop here »

93 points - 2017 chardonnay, edna valley

"Niner has the luxury of having two winemakers that get to focus on specific wines, and Molly Bohlman takes the Burgundian varieties, and gets her own dedicated facility to deal with them.  This Chardonnay comes from the Jespersen Ranch part of the estate about 30 miles south of the winery, and it’s a cool, coastal site not far from the Pacific Ocean.  The result here is a nicely enhanced version of brightly acidic fruit, where tension between apple, pear, oak spice and quince notes keep your interest and bring you back to the glass.  Low alcohol just adds to the fun here.  Well crafted!" $25 · Shop here »

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