Half Cabernet Sauvignon, and half Syrah, this vintage of Protagonist is entirely different (in both blend and vineyard sources) from the 2007. Sharp and peppery from the cool vintage Syrah, it introduces intriguing scents and accents of cayenne and bitter chocolate. The herbal flavors are more evident than in the other J. Bookwalter releases from 2008, but well blended and balanced.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.