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J. Bookwalter Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard 2012

Other Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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15.3% ABV
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3.6 10 Ratings
15.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Seamlessly balanced, this traditional blend matches cabernet sauvignon's dominance with 32% merlot and the 5% syrah. The warm long season of 2012 shows in the dark color, clarity of fruit and purity of perfumes. The palate is ripe and powerful with fruit and oak showing off together. Conner-Lee Vineyard cabernet's dark fruit pairs with merlot's smooth power in this vineyard's signature smooth body setting this wine apart in Washington's offerings . This 2012 Conflict shows off with a finish lasting for minutes.

Blend: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Syrah

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Supple, plush-textured and expressive, layering currant, plum, sage and white chocolate flavors on a polished frame, lingering deftly on the open-weave finish. Has tremendous presence. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Drink now through 2022.
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J. Bookwalter

J. Bookwalter

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J. Bookwalter, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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The story of J. Bookwalter Winery is a story of family heritage, deep roots and a centuries-old commitment to the land. Ten generations of the Bookwalter family have been involved in American agriculture. But it was Jerry Bookwalter, generation nine and father of current company president John Bookwalter, who led the family into viticulture. After graduating from UC-Davis in 1963, Jerry spent 13 years farming in California’s San Joaquin Valley before moving his family in 1976 to the Tri-Cities in Washington State.

Once there, he firmly stamped the Bookwalter name on the state’s nascent wine industry. From 1976 through 1982, Jerry helped manage the plantings of three iconic vineyards – Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus.

Yakima Valley

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Often considered to be the heart of Washington wine country, the Yakima Valley is a sub-AVA of the vast Columbia Valley. The first AVA established in Washington, it is home to some of the state’s most established wineries, and contains three smaller sub-regions: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain. The climate here is cooler than the rest of the Columbia Valley, making the Yakima Valley ideal for growing white varieties.

Chardonnay is the most planted grape here, followed closely by Riesling—both made in a wide range of styles depending on the warmth of the vineyard site. Because of the cooler climate, Merlot outnumbers darker-fruited, more tannic Cabernet Sauvignon here—an anomaly for Washington viticulture—and takes on characteristics of sweet red fruit with a supple texture, and sometimes notes of chocolate and mint. Yakima Valley Syrah is earthy and savory, complemented by a wide range of berry flavors from red to black.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

YNG439324_2012 Item# 143546