Composed of 45% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 16.8% Mourvèdre, 5% Touriga Nacional and 1.2% Viognier, the Next of Kin 2015 Cumulus Vineyard #9 was fermented using 42% whole clusters and the rest was destemmed. It was matured for 34 months in oak, 40% of which was new.Deep garnet-purple, the nose unabashedly struts its stuff, giving up flamboyant plum preserves, blackberry compote, Black Forest cake and star anise notes with hints of Sichuan pepper, forest floor, lavender, lilacs, Ceylon tea and smoked meats. Big, concentrated and full-bodied, this rockstar is a powerhouse of energy, supported by a rock solid, firm and super plush tannins and finely knit freshness, finishing very long. Tantalizingly delicious now, patience will be rewarded here. Given this wine’s structure and intensity, it should easily cellar for 30-40 years. 370 cases were made.
Drink Dates: 2020 - 2055
Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue: Issue 243 End of June 2019
Vinous | Rating: 99
The 2015 No. 9 Cumulus Vineyard is off the charts gorgeous, just as it was from barrel last year. Tasted from bottle, the 2009 is a bit closed, but all the aromatic depth, soaring intensity and energy that it showed from barrel is there. Time in the glass brings out the wine’s sensational pedigree. Dark cherry jam, mocha, grilled herbs and leather are some of the many notes that develop with time, but it is the wine’s overall structure that truly elevates into the realm of the divine.
Drink Dates: 2022 - 2030
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 2022 - 2030
Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 98
The 2015 No 9 Cumulus Vineyard continues to show brilliantly, with the more tight, focused, tannic style of the vintage. It doesn’t have the upfront sexiness of the 2016, but it’s incredibly balanced, deep, long, and complex. I loved it last year and wrote that it’s going to flirt with perfection in another handful of years, and I stand by those words.