The winery's seldom-made reserve, this is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Syrah. Among a stellar group of 2009 J. Bookwalter reds, this is the toughest to decipher—at least at first. It shows good balance, a forward, fruity start, and then a descent into very dark, very toasty barrel flavors.
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.