2012 Nenin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Beautiful depth of fruit to this with a full body, super silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Racy and fine. Very well done for the vintage.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the deep ruby/plum/purple-colored 2012 Nenin exhibits notes of spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries and kirsch, a full-bodied, beautifully textured mouthfeel, terrific purity and a long finish. It should drink well for 15+ years. These may turn out to be the finest Pomerols Jean-Hubert Delon and his team have made to date as the 2012s are better than either the 2009s or 2010s.
Barrel sample. This is a solid wine showing chunky richness that chimes with the black fruit of the vintage. It's full and ripe, but still shines with fresh fruit character.
Still has some toast to absorb, but the core of plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit is ripe and vivid, with a mouthwatering anise note and well-integrated acidity on the finish. This has the stuffing to stretch out in the cellar despite a slightly austere edge to the structure.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(70% merlot and 30% cabernet franc; pH 3.7; 14.5% alcohol; 35h/h; 25% new oak): Good full ruby. Initially reduced nose reveals dark plum, soy sauce, sweet spices and flowers with aeration. Supple and suave on the palate, but with enough structure to provide backbone and energy to the red and black fruit flavors. Finishes long and creamy-smooth. I found this vintage of Nenin very promising, and perhaps more nuanced than usual.