A look on the web site of Paso Robles-based Booker Wines instantly reveals a dedication to minimalism. Like their bottle labels, the corporate’s story is conveyed utilizing solely probably the most important of parts, aligning with the apply and philosophies of legendary Japanese designer Kenya Hara. This consideration to element and austere simplicity is what aesthetically units Booker aside from its friends. Issues are a bit extra relaxed and casual with their different strains: Harvey & Harriet and My Favourite Neighbor, each of which acquired favorable marks from Chris again in 2021. This time, we’re having fun with a preferred flagship wine, Vertigo, which sadly isn’t named after the Hitchcock film filmed a couple of hours away from the vineyard. As a substitute, it derives its title from the sensation proprietor/operator Eric Jensen skilled whereas wanting down a steep drop on the property winery land whereas using his four-wheel ATV.
The development of Vertigo is ever-changing. This 12 months’s classic blends 62% Syrah, 22% Mourvèdre, 7% Grenache, 5% Petite Sirah, and 4% Tannat. It marks a departure from the final classic I had the privilege of having fun with (2019), which featured a mix of 48% Syrah, 47% Mourvèdre, 3% Grenache, and a couple of% Viognier. Whereas stunning to see an enormous enhance in Syrah’s dominance, the addition of Tannat to the equation provides potential as an thrilling factor to the combination.
Letting this one sit for a very good twenty to thirty minutes after opening isn’t the worst of concepts you probably have time to spare, as deep notes of black cherry and currant dominate at first however floral and graphite notes develop and add nuance. Light tannins and acidity inform a really prolonged end that provides notes of darkish chocolate, a faint contact of Earl Gray tea, and extra of the stunning darkish cherry from the palate for some sweetness.
The simplicity of the bottle and presentation masks the complexity and delight unfolding on this mix over the course of a night. Completely beautiful stuff.
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