The tasting room at Niner is bright, modern and gorgeous. I had tried quite a few wines from this Paso Robles based winery prior to visiting the tasting room and knew that it was going to be a great visit. Known for primarily Bordeaux varietal red wines, the portfolio includes wines at a wide array of price points, with its priciest at $58 (compared to the Napa wines of this caliber, these wines are a great deal).
Niner is relatively new to the scene as their first vintage was released in 2006. The new tasting room opened in 2010. The production is mid-sized at 10,000 cases per year, even though the grandeur of the tasting room made me think the operation was much bigger.
The wines we tasted included a lovely Sauvignon Blanc ($17) which paired very nicely with the cheese plate we included in our tasting. I did not come across much SB in this area as Chardonnay and the white Rhone Varietals seem to thrive in Paso Robles. However, this was a great wine with grassy overtones and great minerality.
The Syrah was rich and fruity; this wine would be a great match for barbeque. My two favorites of the tasting were the Fog Catcher ($58, mostly Cab based Bordeaux blend) and the Petite Sirah ($24).
My visit was at the end of the day, but if I had arrived earlier I would definitely have enjoyed my tasting on the back patio enjoying to wonderful view.
Rating: 3 out of 4 – recommend