John Bookwalter Wine Tasting at WWWB

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 07:30 PM

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John Bookwalter Wine Tasting at WWWB
Thursday, September 28, 2017
7:30 PM

Bookwalter Couplet White Columbia Valley 2015  
Price: $15.75    Sale $13.86    Case $161

All the grapes were harvested at optimal maturity in late August. Chardonnay was harvested first, then the Viognier juice was added to the fermentation a week later. The grapes were whole cluster pressed and cold settled, then blended and fermented unfiltered in stainless steel tanks. We chose specific white wine yeasts to enhance the flowery notes and fruitiness of the wine. Fermentation was slow at 58 degrees lasting all season, maintaining the delicate aromas and fruit. We prepared for bottling in May to preserve the richness and varietal character.

Bookwalter Notebook Columbia Valley 7NV  
Price: $15.75    Sale $13.86    Case $161

Our sixth Notebook wine is a delicious Cabernet blend with traditional red varieties that flourish in our hot, dry climate. Aromatically rich and delicious to quaff, this dry wine is ready to drink from summer barbeque through to winter meals. There's heaps of youthful red fruits like black cherries, plums, red currants and figs wrapped with cedar, caramel and chocolate. Succulent smooth fruit begins, with flavors of bakers chocolate, black cherry, blackberry, toast, dried herbs, tobacco and cola finish. The combination of long-aged powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and fresh fruity young Syrah from Washington's ripest vintage fill this deliciously affordable wine.
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 2% Merlot.


Bookwalter Protagonist Columbia Valley 2013  
Price: $48.75    Sale $42.90    Case $498

(91 Points) Another outstanding wine is the 2013 Protagonist (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) which spent 18 months in 50% new puncheons. It has a full-bodied, fresh, yet beautifully textured style to go with classic Cabernet notes of cassis, graphite, tobacco leaf and a kiss of bouquet garni. Like most of 2013s from Bookwalter, it’s relatively forward and charming, yet I suspect it will still evolve gracefully for at least a decade. Note, this cuvee comes from vines planted in 1987 and 1988.  The Wine Advocate


Bookwalter Readers Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2014  
Price: $27.50    Sale $24.20    Case $281

These Cabernets were handpicked in the mornings of October 5–25. We hand-sorted clusters, and destemmed into small fermenters for hand mixing. Fermentation completed in barrels and puncheons. We aged on lees reductively developing savory tones complimentary to the powerful fruit. After 20 months, we selected the final blend. We then filtered for purity and aging stability. With the addition of choice Syrah and Merlot for aromatic lift, the blend describes cabernet at its most gorgeous vintage expression. This rich wine will age easily for decade or two and is enjoyable with a host of savory, full flavored foods throughout the range of seasons.

Bookwalter Readers Merlot Columbia Valley 2014  
Price: $27.50    Sale $24.20    Case $281

An outstanding Merlot from Washington’s oldest and most revered vineyards, our Readers blend tips its hat to all exploratory readers of books and wine. Sourced from Conner Lee Vineyard’s old vines of 1992 block Merlot, Dionysus Vineyards’ block 15 Merlot, and Elephant Mountain Vineyards’ high elevation superior Syrah and Cabernet blocks, this powerful wine offers fragrant cherries and chocolate with rich marionberry flavors in this delicious easy-drinking style.

Bookwalter Subplot #32 2015
Price: $20.25    Sale $17.82    Case $207

A blend of 50% Syrah, 35% Merlot and 15% Malbec from Washington's greatest vintage ever comes this delicious red blend filled with everything we love about big red blends. Syrah's delicious rich berry adds to Merlot's fresh plum and Malbec's aromatic spiciness.

Handmade in small vintage fermentations and aged all in French oak barrels, it's delicious and great with foods all year, from winter stews to summer BBQs.


Bookwalter Suspense 2014  
Price: $48.75    Sale $42.90    Case $498

We hand-picked and sorted the Merlot on September 26 and the Cabernet Franc on October 20. We destemmed each into small 2 and 4 ton fermenters. We cold soaked for two days then fermented and mixed for ten days, developing ideal extraction of flavors and tannins. Fermentation finished in puncheons and traditional Bordeaux barrels. We aged on lees in a modern style developing savory tones complimentary to the powerful fruit. After 16 months, we blended and bottled our favorite barrels for this vibrant and youthful blend. Unfined and yeast filtered for clarity at bottling, this rich wine will age for a decade or more. Enjoy with a host of foods throughout the seasons.

Bookwalter Conflict 2013  
Price: $48.75    Sale $42.90    Case $498

A blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.  Dark Northwest blueberries, cherries, and currants with new French oak and savory earthiness fill the glass of this ripe youthful wine. Aromas of coffee and cream brulée complement the dominant ripe merlot flavors. Supported by 5% Cabernet Franc for aromatic brightness, Cabernet Sauvignon’s tannic intensity vies with the voluptuous merlot for attention in this dynamic wine. Expect this wine to last for ten to twenty years and show its best from one year after release.



Avocado Fries with Roasted Pepper Mayo

Blackberry BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Mole Shortrib with Coco nib mash

The fee for this tasting is $65 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail

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