John Bookwalter has established a really good name for himself as one of Washington State’s premier winemakers – scoring award after award. His wines are highly sought after and his Richland tasting room is packed out most nights of the week.
John has long-standing contracts with some of the best vineyard sites in the Columbia Valley and generally does a really good job of producing wines that accurately reflect each site’s unique terrior.
- Vintage 2008
- Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
- Appellation Columbia Valley
- Acid .57
- PH 3.58
- Bottling Date Summer 2010
- Alcohol % 15.2
- Price: $45
Nose: Black cherries, plum-sauce, tobacco, shoe polish, leather and dark cocoa. Very complex nose with stellar notes of black and white pepper along with star anise and a hint of tar bubble.
Taste: Beautiful black fruits dance across the palate on the front attack which is closely followed by nice layers of dark chocolate, saddle soap, tar and leather. The finish hangs out for weeks and is one of those gifts that keep on giving. A stellar cab that will surely not disappoint and can easily compete with cabs out of California at 2-3x its price. The wine drinks good now, however, I’d love to try it again in 3-5 years or more.
W.E.P. Rating: 100%
Winery website: http://www.bookwalterwines.com