93-point Merlot is stunning!
Washington State has never been so good! Back in 1983, when Jerry Bookwalter started making wine, there were less than 170 wineries and none made wine like his son John’s Merlot. John sources fruit from some of the state’s most renowned vineyards and has had long term contracts for a while now. This is a truly pioneering family of Washington wine. John works hand in glove with his grower friends to make sure the fruit for his Cabernet and Merlot are ultra-ripe and über-gorgeous. One thing for sure: these are not quietly and shy little things, but are instead big, bold, and buxom beauties that command attention. Want something that jumps out of the glass with gobs of black fruits and heaps of spice? Bookwalter is it. I am really impressed with John’s merlot. We bought all that he had left at the winery for you.
Firm, focused, sturdy and expressive, balancing elegant and powerful dark berry, cherry, loamy earth and black pepper flavors against refined tannins, letting them sail through the long finish….