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2012 Niner Wine Estates Malbec "Estate"

Winery: Niner Wine Estates

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Estate"

Wine Category: Malbec

Grape blend: 100% Malbec

Region: Paso Robles

State or country: CA

Price: $30

Cases produced: 833

KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: March 15, 2015

Wine Review: This opaque and deep purple colored Malbec from Paso Robles was very unique and interesting. It opens with a fragrant Canada wintergreen mint bouquet with hints of boysenberry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is an interesting blend of coconut and teaberry with notes of dark chocolate and hint of strawberry licorice. The finish is dry and its fine tannins and flavor drift away nicely. The panel suggested pairing this unique Malbec with beef satay or roast duck breast. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The grapes for our Malbec are sourced from a combination of Heart Hill Vineyard and Bootjack Ranch in Paso Robles. The wine opens up with distinctive dark fruit flavors with hints of violet, nutmeg, and clove. The fruit follows through on the palate and is joined by dusty layers of earth and a rich velvety finish of well integrated oak. It will benefit from at least 30 minutes of decanting as it's still early in the wine's lifecycle.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Niner 2012 Malbec.

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