Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 RunRig opens with wonderful perfume, and though this label usually contains a splash of Viognier, which could account for the fragrant nose, it has none this vintage. Redolent of violets and blueberries it is very spicy with an undercurrent of anise and Indian spices muddled with mulberries. Taut and elegant on the palate, it gives plenty of concentrated fruit flavor with crisp acid and firm, fine tannins. It finishes long. Drink it from 2016 to 2030+.
An aromatic, structured and rich wine that draws comparisons to wines from France’s Cote Rotie. Dense and layered notes of ripe red fruit, berries and creme de cassis are nicely framed by hints of smoke and graphite. Firm tannins and lively acidity are nicely featured on the complex and persistent finish.
The fruit was harvested from eight parcels, destemmed and then macerated on its skins in wooden and concrete open-top fermentors for 6-7 days. After basket pressing, the wine was aged in new and old French barriques for 30 months and racked just once.