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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
J. Bookwalter Foreshadow Merlot 2009
J. Bookwalter Foreshadow Merlot 2009
(search item no. 117844)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Foreshadow Merlot showcases J.Bookwalter's best Merlot vineyards in the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain appellations. A more classic, refined style of Merlot in that for the first time in 10 years they did not blend in Petit Verdot or Malbec but chose a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon which allowed for more grace and elegance. The wine parades a basket full of red fruits led by raspberries, Maraschino Cherries and cassis, perfume aromas of rose water, sandalwood, sage and cola are followed by very subtle tones of anise, leather and graphite. The wine enters the palate sweet, reveals a medium to full body on the mid palate and stays on course displaying a variety of the red fruits listed above. Slightly less powerful than previous vintages, but none the less intriguing given the secondary and tertiary flavors of figs, spices and bakers chocolate. Recommended cellaring for this merlot is in the 5 – 8 year range however it will certainly age longer with proper care.

Blend: 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About J. Bookwalter:

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.