Located in Richland Washington (Tri-Cities), J. Bookwalter winery has become an iconic brand of quality wines to many winos in this great state of Washington and for good reason. It has done a great job of making consistently good wines at prices that typically are on-point. After all, who doesn’t like a good value in wine these days?
For the “Foreshadow” Cabernet Sauvignon, JB works with top-vineyard sites which are quite literally scattered throughout most of the Columbia Valley, including such famous AVAs as Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills. Sublime fruit, a good oak program and hopefully a winemaker that knows to get out of the way and allow all of that incredible fruit to stand on its own merits.
This is my first review of one of their wines, so I’m exited to get into it.
- Appellations/Vineyards 48% Red Mountain: 32% Klipsun, 16% Ciel du Cheval, 40%
- Columbia Valley: 24% Dionysus, 16% Conner-Lee, 7%
- Yakima Valley: 7% Elephant Mountain, 5%
- Horse Heaven Hills: 5% McKinley Springs
- Final Blend 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot
- Aged for 20 months in new, one and two-year-old French oak barrels. Most, if not all of the barrels were three year air dried, thin stave, medium toast with toasted heads.
- Cases Produced: 1181 12-pack cases/750m
- Bottled Summer 2009
- pH 3.71
- TA .59, alcohol
- 14.9% by volume
- Price: $36
Nose: “Christmas spices”, red cherries, black pepper, baseball glove, road tar, charred asparagus, chocolate and tobacco.
Taste: Excellent balance of fruit, tannins and acids. I totally get the red-fruits across the front-end – you know, raspsberries, cherries and red pears. But across the mid-plate is there the chocolate, tobacco and what I’ll call “charrdness” picks up. Good finish – one that is totally superior to any cab from California I’ve had in this same price-range. This is a solid cab that is creeping up there a tad on the price-scale but still a good overall value. It’s still a VERY young cab and would do well to decant for an hour or more before drinking.
W.E.P. Rating: 95%
Winery website: www.bookwalterwines.com