2009 J. Bookwalter Conflict – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.bookwalterwines.com

John Bookwalter has an extremely loyal-following for his wines – most notably his red. This bottle of a Bordeaux-style blend combines cab, merlot and cab franc – while’s it’s on the pricier side, it should present itself to be a better value with a few more years of bottle-aging.

Technical Data:
  • Vintage: 2009Varietal: Red Blend – 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc
  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyard Designation: Conner-Lee
  • Price: $55

Nose: Herbacious black fruit, licorice, spice, black olive, currant and mushroom.

Taste: A bit oaky for me right now but I believe that’ll blow off with more age and is somewhat tamable with decanting or aeration. A very solid wine that floods the palate with dark fruit, youthful tannins and decent acidity. Drink now or hold for 5 more years.

W.E.P. Rating: 85%