99 Points Robert Parker
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+.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. February, 2013
97 Points Robert Parker
It seems to odd to say that a 97-point wine wasn't showing particularly well, but that's how I felt about the 2009 RunRig. It shows all of the rich, silky plushness expected of RunRig but maybe just a bit less perfume, looking more like black cherries and mocha than raspberries and violets. I still wouldn't throw it out of bed for eating crackers.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Joe Czerwinski. August, 2018
95 Points James Halliday
This is larger than life, super concentrated, black-fruited, dark and essency shiraz, befitting of maker David Powell; whilst the concentration is staggering, the underlying tannins and freshness provides length, complexity and interest. Make no mistake this is big end of town, take no prisoners old vine shiraz pushed to the limit. Drink to 2025.
Source: James Halliday. March, 2012