New scores are out by Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate. Mighty Nimble did well, and what a welcome event that is.
I am always dead scared of having writers score my wines. Stressful! It takes a grown, confident, adult woman back to those high school days where my internal dialogue was: Am I pretty enough, are my clothes cool, am I acting like a dork or what? Everyone has different tastes and preferences, and each time I submit wines for review it is a leap of faith. I just hope that the reviewer can see the wines from my point of view, respect my style, and recognize that the creative outlet is what keeps winemakers on the hook with perfecting our craft.
Experimentation is key for me, both in the vineyard and in the winery because it is the way I learn more. I can’t always be absolutely sure about what I am going to get…but I usually have a pretty good idea.
Jeb had this to say about the 2011 vintage Mighty Nimble wines:
Coming all from Paso Robles, these rich, full-flavored efforts are made by Hilary Graves. They have beautiful purity of fruit, loads of texture and ripe, upfront profiles that are perfect for drinking over the coming handful of years.
Starting with the reds, and a blend of equal parts Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Grenache Blanc, the 2011 Fruit Tramp is a gorgeously pure, ripe effort that delivers loads of richness and depth without ever seeming heavy or cumbersome. Black raspberry, licorice, spice and hints of green herbs all show and this medium to full-bodied beauty has a voluptuous texture, sweet tannin and a great finish. Enjoy it over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2018. 91 points
Silky and polished, with beautiful purity, the 2011 Rock Candy checks in as a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. Exhibiting plenty of ripe black raspberry, new leather, crushed flowers and creamy licorice, it hits the palate with a voluptuous, creamy texture and ripe, chalky tannin on the finish. It is a sexy red that should impress over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2018. 91 points
More structured, yet a touch less integrated and charming, the 2011 Small Black is a rock-solid blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. It possesses deep, rich aromas and flavors of red and black fruits, leather, licorice, sage and hints of liquid smoke as well as a full-bodied, decadent feel on the palate. With sweet tannin, solid mid-palate depth and juicy acidity on the finish, it should continue to drink nicely through 2018. Drink now-2018. 89 points
Thank you, Jeb, for your kind comments!
All of these wines are available for purchase with all-natural grass-fed beef if you are a member of the Mighty Nimble Ranch Club, or individually by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours and tastings are by appointment only.