Past Vintages

2013 Vintage | 2012 Vintage | 2011 Vintage | 2010 Vintage | 2009 Vintage

2012 Red Rhône Blends

2012 Buxom
94% Syrah and 6% Grenache
La Vista and Law Vineyards, Paso Robles
198 cases produced

For 2012, Buxom once again looks to be one of the best wines of the vintage for Nicora.  This wine never fails to keep me intrigued and on my toes.  By selecting from some of the best barrels of Syrah, I am able to fine-tune it every year.  On the nose I get licorice, charred meat, clove and vanilla. On the palate, there is dark chocolate, coffee and blackberry, with a slight note of smoke and tar on the finish.  I recommend decanting it for up to four hours, and it often shows best the second day.  This wine will easily age for 7 to 10 years.

92 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report (Doug Wilder)
91 Points - The Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck)

2012 GSM
48% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 8% Mourvèdre
La Vista, Law, and Russell Family Vineyards, Paso Robles
198 cases produced

The GSM (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre) blend gives me the most flexibility to create something that is unique and reflective of the vintage.  It is always my favorite wine to craft.  For 2012, the Grenache was aged in concrete, the Syrah in French oak barrels, and the Mourvèdre was fermented 50% whole cluster, and then aged in a once-used puncheon barrel.  The mixture of different vineyards and winemaking techniques always keeps this wine interesting. With a bright and rich mouth-feel, the GSM 2012 is seamless and has great texture. Profiles of rose petal, dusty cocoa and plum make this wine intriguing yet focused, with a lengthy finish of caramel.  Showing beautifully now this wine will continue to age gracefully for the next 7 to 10 years.

91 Points – The Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck)
91 Points - Wine Spectator (Tim Fish)
91 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report (Doug Wilder)



Single Vineyard Designates

2012 Euphoric
96% Grenache and 4% Syrah
La Vista Vineyard, Adelaida District, Paso Robles
98 cases produced

This wine has an elegant and pure taste resulting from 18 months aging in a concrete vessel.  The concrete helps showcase a wet-stone profile, which complements Grenache’s characteristic ripe strawberry and raspberry flavors.  Fresh acidity and smooth tannins make this wine approachable now, although it should continue to age gracefully for the next 5 to 7 years.

92 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report (Doug Wilder)

2012 Law Vineyard
55% Grenache and 45% Syrah
Adelaida District, Paso Robles
98 cases produced

The 2012 Law Vineyard has a lot of similar qualities as the previous vintage. This vintage continues to deliver the power and elegance that I have come to expect from this vineyard. Roasted coffee beans, tar, candied cherries, and dark cocoa are just a few of the aromatic nuances present in this wine. The red fruit characteristics, hailing from the Grenache, complement the smooth tannins and licorice laced finish.  Enjoy now or over the next 3 to 5 years.

94 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report (Doug Wilder)
90 Points - Wine Spectator (Tim Fish)

2012 Russell Family Vineyard
85% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre
Willow Creek District, Paso Robles
 144 cases produced

The copious amounts of limestone and shale that line this vineyard create a vein of minerality that is persistent throughout the wine. It offers aromas of smoke and char with a dark fruit profile. The Mourvèdre component demands attention with leather, cigar box, thyme and a hint of red berries. The medium tannin structure gives enough traction to carry these flavors through a long-lasting finish.  Drink now or hold for the next 5 to 7 years.

93 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report (Doug Wilder)
92 Points - The Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck)

2012 Shadow Canyon Vineyard
100% Syrah
York Mountain, Templeton
144 cases produced

This wine was fermented with 50% of the clusters left in tact, and was aged primarily in neutral French oak barrels for 18 months. The distinct spicy notes are a result of the stem inclusion, which pairs well with the sage and cedar aromatics. Shadow Canyon Vineyard sits approximately six miles from the Pacific Ocean, making this a distinct and terroir driven cool climate Syrah. While showing great now, the wine will continue to develop gracefully over the next 4 to 7 years.

93 Points - The Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck)
92 Points - Purley Domestic Wine Report (Doug Wilder)