Booker Vineyard Oublié Red Rhone Blend 2016

$79.99

95 pts - rare release                                  New release from Paso cult producer Booker Vineyards. As always, limited. previous vintage 94 Points Robert Parker: "The Oublie is a blend of 38% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 23% Syrah and the rest Counoise. It's a complex, sexy effort that offers lots of pepper, kirsch, herbes de Provence and spice in a full-bodied, sweetly fruited, incredibly charming package. Drink it while you wait on the other cuvees to come around...As I've commented in the past, the wines from Eric Jensen at Booker are some of the most impressive releases coming out of California. While in the past, they relied on pure fruit and texture to impress, today they possess layered, elegant and complex characters paired with serious depth, richness and structure. While 2013 -2015 are all great vintages at this estate, the 2014s have more noticeable tannic grip and really deserve 2-3 years or more of cellaring." previous vintage 95 Points Wine Spectator:  "Expressive and impressively structured, with savory blackberry aromas and accents of rosemary, thyme and crushed stone, opening to complex, densely layered flavors of currant, pepper and espresso. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Best from 2018 through 2028...54% Grenache, 29% Mourvèdre, 17% Counoise. Arguably the biggest and most concentrated Oublie ever, this wine reminds me one a Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes from Marcoux or Janasse. Lots of ripe red fruit characteristics but a gorgeously proportioned mid-palate that you don't usually get from Grenache and Mourvèdre. Feel free to crack this wine anytime."

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Ratings on Delectable

Al Shikoh Delectable Pro

opaque ruby violet, medium tears; blackberry, black raspberry, plum, violet, dried herbs; dark fruit, spice; medium body, medium+ acidity, prominent fine grained tannin, 15% ABV; blend of 55% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah with about 40% stem inclusion, aged 22 months in French oak; probably Booker’s lightest blend; $75

opaque ruby violet, medium tears; blackberry, black raspberry, plum, violet, dried herbs; dark fruit, spice; medium body, medium+ acidity, prominent fine grained tannin, 15% ABV; blend of 55% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah with about 40% stem inclusion, aged 22 months in French oak; probably Booker’s lightest blend; $75

9.4

Rob Brobst III Delectable Pro

This one needs years not months.

This one needs years not months.

9.3

Martin Sher

With a lot of air this was so delicious. Bold dark fruit that probably needs a few more years to find its fullest expression. Definitely going to get more of this.

With a lot of air this was so delicious. Bold dark fruit that probably needs a few more years to find its fullest expression. Definitely going to get more of this.

9.5

Brandon Thurber

One of my favorite GSM’s to drink early. Power and finesse in one package. Stunning.

One of my favorite GSM’s to drink early. Power and finesse in one package. Stunning.

9.3

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Nice blend for pizza

Nice blend for pizza

9.5

Eric LaMasters

Very nice blend. Excellent fruit profile.

Very nice blend. Excellent fruit profile.

9.4

Mark Blandford

Blackberry, citrus, burnt wood

Blackberry, citrus, burnt wood

9.3

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