Lush red and vibrant white wines from the Columbia Valley: Located in the Heart of the Columbia Valley, Bookwalter Winery has been producing small lots of high quality wine since 1983. With the addition of Zelma Long as consultant winemaker in 2000, Bookwalter continues to "push the envelope" in producing some of the most profound wines available in Washington State.
Let it open up for about an hour to really let the bouqet and flavors come out. Strong aromas of smoke, leather, dirt, blueberry, and clove. Blueberry, plum, dirt, leather, and clove on the palate.
This is one of those amazing bang for the buck wines that only come along once every now and then. The blend changes every year and includes multiple vintages. Subplot #23 was: 30% Cab Sauv, 27% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 13% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Barbera and 3% Cab Franc. Just about everything but the kitchen sink is in there but somehow it all works and sings harmoniously in your mouth. The first reviewer hit the tasting notes right on the head so I can't add much more there. You can find it online or in the larger grocery stores and Costco's in (and sometimes outside of) the Washington state area. This is a case buy if you see it, it is just that good and this is the cheap stuff in the Bookwalter portfolio. It just goes up from this. What more can I say except that John Bookwalter is a genius when it comes to crafting exceptional wines. Can't wait for Subplot #24.