J. Bookwalter Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
Our Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon showcases our best Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hill and Yakima Valley appellations. We blended a bit more than usual in 2008 to amplify the fruit and take advantage of the earlier ripening varieties in a cool year, like Malbec and Petit Verdot. Aromatically the wine shows plum, blueberry, red and black currants along with violets, cedar, graphite, subtle dried herbs and a touch of sandalwood and spices. The wine enters the palate with round, spicy sweet fruit, carries good weight on the mid palate and shows a fruit flavor spectrum of red currants to the blue and black fruits with tertiary flavors of truffles, anise, cola and tobacco with a hint of fresh and dried herbs. The wine has a long finish that is layered with lush, fine grained tannins followed by a graceful acidity.
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Wine Enthusiast - "In an effort to further differentiate the Foreshadow Merlot from the Foreshadow Cabernet, winemaker John Bookwalter has kept each out of the other’s blend. This is a riveting, complex, supersized wine, with alcohol over 15% and plenty of intriguing barrel flavors. The black cherry-berry fruit is swathed in spice, chocolate, cedar and coffee, complex and well-crafted."
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and round, with a sprinkle of gritty tannins around a generous core of cherry, rhubarb, orange peel and spice flavors. Shows polish and density that carries everything into the long finish."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) contains 12% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc in its makeup. Aromas of sandalwood, incense, Asian spices, lilacs, and assorted black fruits inform the nose of a velvety-textured, incipiently complex, layered wine with excellent balance and length. Give it 2-3 years to fully blossom and drink it from 2013 to 2023."
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J. Bookwalter Winery
Jerry Bookwalter has been in agriculture since graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Ag. Production in 1962. His past career as manager for Sagemoor Farms has given way to vineyard management and winemaking. Jerry began making wine in 1983. Wines include award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat Blanc and Merlot as well as Red Table Wine, Johannisberg Riesling and Chenin Blanc. View all J. Bookwalter Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.
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