Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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
Saturday, March 24, 2018
The 2016 Dawn's Dream Winery Chardonnay (Escolle Vineyard) is a flavorful, welcoming and refreshing Chardonnay with layers of flavors. Medium golden in color, this wine presents nose-filling fruitful aromas of juicy pineapple, vanilla, lemon, spring flowers and........ a faintness of orange peel? It seems like this wine changes every minute and I find it extremely intriguing and satisfying. In the mouth it's a collaboration of flavors that include citrus flavors, lemon zest, light green grasses and brown sugar. For such a young wine, it is drinking spot on and I (of course) sampled this around room temperature. It's not overly oaked and not heavy at all. I'd suggest some pasta with light cream sauce (fettuccine maybe?) or a roasted chicken dish with fresh garden vegetables as a well-paired duo.
Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Suggested retail price: $30.00
Drink The Bottles score: 92/100
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