Booker Vineyard The Ripper 2008

Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California

Item No. 119027
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP94
  • WS94
  • ST93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 16.8%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

One of Booker Vineyard's more coveted wines, the Ripper is a stunner that is not produced yearly. Changing with each vintage, The Ripper is one of the most pure expressions of Booker Vineyard. Give this elegant lady about 6 months before ripping away!

Critical Acclaim

"Strikingly rich and complex, with dark berry, plum and wild berry flavors that are both supple and layered, firming at midpalate and gaining a loamy earth minerality on a long sustained finish, all capped by melted black licorice."
94 Points

"The sensational 2008 Grenache The Ripper ranks alongside some of the superb Grenaches produced in the Central Coast by the likes of John Alban, Justin Smith, and Manfred Krankl. It boasts soaring aromas of kirsch, lavender, ripe black raspberries, spice box, and sandalwood. Displaying a dark garnet color that suggests a relatively quick evolution, this compelling Grenache offers gorgeous drinking now, and should evolve for 5-10 years."
94 Points

"Vivid red. Sexy, expansive aromas of raspberry and cherry preserves, Asian spices and patchouli, with a powerful note of white pepper. Deeply concentrated but possesses unlikely vivacity, offering juicy red fruit flavors and sexy star anise and cinnamon qualities. The sappy, persistent finish features a sexy floral quality and clings with impressive tenacity. Seems like a girly wine compared to the 16.8% alcohol 2005 version."
93 Points

"Deliciously ripe and juicy, with lively plum, wild berry and blueberry flavors that are pure, complex and full-bodied, ending with mineral and dusty earth notes. Drink now through 2017."
92 Points

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Learn About Booker Vineyard

Booker Vineyard is located on Paso Robles' Westside, immediately joining the famous Stephan Vineyards that produce L'Aventure Wines. The high-density vineyard is mostly Rhone varietals planted on steep hillsides of calcareous shale. The name Booker comes from the two orphan brothers Claude and Dick Booker who had owned the land, as well as hundreds more acres on Paso's Westside....

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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