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J. Bookwalter Subplot 26 2010

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    Winemaker Notes

    This Subplot blend is a complex wine that provides an aromatic symphony of fresh fruits; red fruits like Maraschino cherries, vine ripened raspberries and even black currants are wrapped with the subtle hints of savory herbs, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cloves and pencil shavings. The wine enters the palate sweet and has a generous, round, mouth coating mid-palate. Flavors abound; red and black fruits, figs, plums, dashes of nutmeg, crushed cashews and waffle cone are blessed with a hint of dried herbs and cola on the finish. The medium to long finish is complimented by the natural sweetness and acidity in the wine.

    Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 14% Merlot, 8% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Zinfandel, 1% Grenache

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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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    YNG661026_2010 Item# 125957

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