J. Bookwalter Protagonist 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
The 2007 vintage of Protagonist delivers classic, structured Red Mountain fruit with the hallmark dark fruit characteristics of the vintage. The always-present dusty minerality from Red Mountain is wrapped around flavors of cherries, blackberries, dried herbs, spice and the spine you would expect from the two most notable vineyards on Red Mountain, Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun. A very age-worthy wine, recommended cellaring 8–15 years.
69% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot
Wine Spectator - "Polished and round, offering a juicy mouthful of plum, black currant, wet earth and hot stone flavors that push right through a fine layer of refined tannins. Impressive for its minerality, expressiveness and length. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2017. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Lushly aromatic and toasty, the substantial oak flavors are set against deep, brambly berry and cassis fruits. There are subtle suggestions of mint and some alcoholic heat, and an interesting orange peel scent carries into the mouth. The tannins are big and ripe and not at all bitter or too heavy."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Protagonist Red Mountain is made up of 69% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc with the balance Syrah and Petit Verdot. Notes of cedar, spice box, violets, cassis, and black cherry lead to a savory but slightly less concentrated wine than the Conner Lee cuvee. It has plenty of tasty fruit, ripe tannins, and good balance. Give it 2-3 years to fully blossom and drink it from 2012 to 2022."
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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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14 ratings, 5 with reviews511/1/2012Protagonistic in all its aspects. Fun and a challenge and very fulfillingSparky G - Simsbury, CT510/19/2011Wow! This blend hits my taste buds directly on. I tried to buy more, but they were out. I hope to see this offered again.George Sanders - Richland, WA412/29/2011SACurrie - Elizabethville, PA410/8/2011SACurrie - Elizabethville, PA510/8/2011WildeWine - Brooklyn, NY510/6/2011lndircks - Cedar Rapids, IA58/27/2011MusicHist1 - Greensboro, NC57/23/2011
One of my absolute favorites! The wine is a deep ruby red in color. It is a velvety, well-rounded and balanced, smooth wine. Notes of blackberries and blackcurrants. Absolutely harmonious. A very sensuous wine. I give it 91 points! Am I gushing, yet?57/14/201137/1/201145/9/2011
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Definitely a merlot base, after about an hour softens up nicely.susan little - San Francisco, CA55/26/2011This is RICH and full bodied- a real mouthful!
- Earthy & Spicy
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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