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J. Bookwalter Protagonist 2007

Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
  • WS93
  • WE92
  • RP90
14.9% ABV
  • WS92
  • WE92
  • RP91
  • WS91
  • WE90
  • WE92
  • WS91
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14.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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

Critical Acclaim

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WS 93
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.
WE 92
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.
RP 90
Robert Parker's 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

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J. Bookwalter, , Washington
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.

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One of the world’s most popular and playful sparkling wines, Prosecco is a specialty of northeastern Italy, spanning nine provinces of the Veneto and Fruili-Venezia Giulia regions. A higher-quality version that must meet more stringent production requirements is known as Prosecco Superiore and must come from the town of either Valdobiaddene or Conegliano. Prosecco can be produced as a still wine, a semi-sparkling wine (“frizzante”), or a fully sparkling wine (“spumante”)—the latter being the most common. While it is typically produced in a “brut” (dry) style, its fresh and fruity character preserved by the tank method of carbonation often makes it seem a bit sweeter than it is in reality. “Extra brut” styles incorporating higher levels of residual sugar are quite popular, however.

Made from the Glera grape, which was formerly and confusingly called Prosecco, these wines are notable for pleasant flavors of peach, pear, melon, green apple, and honeysuckle. Lower pressure during the carbonation process means that the bubbles are lighter and frothier than in Champagne or other traditional method sparkling wine, and less persistent. Prosecco is also a great choice to blend with orange juice for mimosas for a classic brunch beverage.

YNG760023_2007 Item# 108094

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