2015 J Bookwalter Winery Conflict
The J Bookwalter Winery team never ceases to surprise me with their wines, whether with their more "value priced" Readers Merlot or with this savory and heart-warming red blend. The 2015 Conflict is a product of the Conner-Lee Vineyard consisting of a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (47%), Merlot (45%) and Malbec (8%), making it a powerhouse in color and flavor. Black fruits with violet and whisps of peppered rare beef swim in the glass. This wine is immediately mouth-watering and has a welcome brightness that is married by the vibrant red colors throughout. The black fruits carry over in the flavors and I think a hint of cardamom is carried by the spicy, slightly woody finish that to me, is as beautiful as the legs in the wine glass. This is such an easy drinking wine and one that I would avoid with food. It would pair well with a number of beef dishes, but I enjoy this wine so much that I want to remember it just as it is. I think you'll get enjoyment out of this for 15 years easily.
Columbia Valley, Washington
Suggested retail price: $60.00
Drink The Bottles score: 97/100