Similar in style to years past… but with a secret ingredient! This wine shows great acid to lifto the front end with peaches and honey, a soft mid-palate density and a long stone fruit finish. It is ready now and drink better every year for the next 10 years. As I’ve tried to tell you, Booker’s white wine ages better than red!
2015 RIPPER 22
The extended version of Ripper is softer and denser than its counterpart, and will need 6 months to start showing off beautiful color and extraction, with deeper red flavors than in the past. The early bottling shows more ripe strawberries and raspberries, whereas the extra time in barrel mellows those out and converts to stewed red fruits. The density is beautiful and the finish is more than a minute long.
The extended-aged Oublie, pronounced O-blee-A, is a fruit driven wine that shows off the whole cluster spices from fermenting partially on the stems. This wine is true Chateauneuf Du Pape top cuvée boasting mostly Grenache but it is really the Mourvedre backbone that supplies the supple mid-palate and spiced finish. This wine will drink from delivery until 2025 beautifully.
2015 VERTIGO 22
48% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 17% Mourvedre
To me this was the belle of the ball. Led by powerful Syrah this blend shows off black fruits on the front palate, but if you pay attention you’ll spot some elegant red fruits from the Grenache throughout the middle, finishing with the power of Syrah and Mourvedre. It has just the right amount of whole clusters added to lend an allspice characteristic on the long, sinuous finish.
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
This was our first year with this fruit and we didn’t know what to expect. The Grenache heavy wine is very elegant and pretty, but in no way a light and simple wine. It is red fruits galore, mostly raspberries, but it also has a strong base from the little bit of Syrah that was was added. We believe this is a steal at this price but wanted to introduce it without beating you over the head!
2015 Fracture 22
This version of the extended Fracture is ready to go out of the gate. While the first release is still a bit ripe and primary (tastes like a barrel sample), the extended is as if it has already aged a few years. There’s no question it is Fracture with notes of cassis, vanilla oak and all spice that take you seamlessly into a dense mid palate of black currant and lightly toasted espresso beans. The finish is seamless and long, as this wine is ready to pop upon receipt. It should be at the top of its game for 5 years, but will drink nicely for much longer.
I am pleased to announce the release of the 2015 vintage. These wines will compare to the 2010s and 2013s in style and texture, but with a few of the wines similar to the freshness of 2011. The theme for 2015 was round, soft, and seamless without rough edges. These wines will actually be ready to drink before the 14's, and while not near as tannic they are every bit as big. As always, quantities will be limited but if given the chance, be greedy so that you may pop some now and cellar a few for later. For the most part this vintage can be consumed immediately but should also age very gracefully.
2015 Fracture $85
The most consistent wine year to year that Booker makes. I won’t waste your time with blah-blah. Buy the wine. The bonus this year is that it is ready to drink now, and will also age nicely.
2015 Vertigo $75
48% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 17% Mourvedre
Loaded with beautiful tannins and power, Vertigo has become a wine that we use about 30% whole cluster fermentation. Leaving grapes on the stems adds lots of spice and tannin and makes the wine completely different than a whole-berry wine like Fracture. With a heavy dose of Syrah and Mourvedre, this wine has mass and density but is made elegant and approachable by the Grenache. Drink now or age gracefully for 8-10 years.
Our Chateauneuf du Pape blend, I compare this wine to a Clos des Papes style. It warms my heart that at Booker we have the ability to make wines like Fracture and My Favorite Neighbor and then turn around and make a beautiful, elegant, seamless Southern Rhone wine without a bunch of wood like Oublie. This wine is all ripe red fruits, but still has the density and backbone from the Mourvedre and a slight amount of Syrah. The 20% stem inclusion adds so much spice and character. Fans of California Pinot and Chateauneuf Du Pape should buy this in bulk!
2015 Ripper $85
Another Southern Rhone wine, this 100% Grenache is a bowl full of strawberries and raspberries. No new wood, no stems, just pure, unadulterated Grenache that has historically been our flagship and one of the few true Grenaches at this level on the market. In 2014 I pushed the envelope by heating at high temps during fermentation and extracting lots of color and tannins. In 2015 I wanted to go back to my traditional style of making a wine that is approachable immediately as opposed to having you wait and cellar.
2015 Fulldraw $75
50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah
This vintage of the GSM “Fulldraw" is much more balanced than in the past. Normally we try to push the limits of extraction, but in 2015 we had a heavier Grenache and Mourvedre crop since new blocks came online in the vineyard. After a stunning nose of violets and roses, it brings medium ripe red fruits and soft density and then moves to a long finish of black fruits that lasts over a minute.
2015 Tempranillo $85
*only by allocation purchase*
This is a grown man (or woman) wine. This beast has been critically acclaimed as the best Temp we have ever made. The wine starts with notes of coffee and mocha, then rolls across the mid palate with silky soft tannins that take you to a finish that lasts until your next drink. While it will be yummy out of the gate, this wine will benefit from a year or two in your cellar.
55% Roussanne, 26% Viognier, 10% Marsanne 9% Petit Manseng
Consistency is what I love about my white wine. The use of skin contact and blending of various varietals always gives it that golden color with a rounded, soft mid-palate. For those of you looking for a crisp acidic wine, you’re in the wrong place. This wine is big and opulent, and the 2015 could arguably be one of my favorite whites I have ever made. In the past, I have sometimes pushed the skin contact too far and allowed the finish to get a little over the top from the skin extraction. In 15 I believe I nailed the exact amount of time on the skins (which was just pure luck!) It starts with ripe tropical fruits and pears, then moves to a soft, round middle and a long, beautiful honeysuckle finish.
2014 Estate Ext
51% Tempranillo, 28% Syrah, 13% Petit Verdot, 8% Grenache
The 2014 version of the Estate Extended is one of our most accessible wines right out of the gate. The beautiful thing about this wine is that just when you think it's going to be too big with all of the Tempranillo, Syrah and Petit Verdot that small amount of Grenache comes in and turns it into an elegant wine. It starts off with black fruits and then transitions through the soft, supple mid-palate showing off an elegant red side. The finish is over a minute long. You can never go wrong with this wine!
2014 Vertigo Ext
68% Syrah, 28% Mourvedre, 6% Grenache
Along with the Fracture (released in the Spring), this is the most structured and tannic wine I have ever made. When I was writing my notes it wasn't until day five that this wine even showed me a few of his cards. Dominated by Syrah, it is an absolute beast that will take at least two years of cellaring before it starts to soften up. If you must open one within year one you will need to give it a heavy splash decant the day before you drink it. It has the ability to be a legendary wine, but will require patience.
As massive and dark as this wine has ever been, this vintage truly screams all things dark with a double espresso shot with firm tannins yet surprising hints of red fruit on the finish. This beast will need at least a year to relax and become consumer friendly.
54% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, 17% Counoise
Arguably the biggest and most concentrated Oublie ever, this wine reminds me of 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 Mourvedre. Feel free to crack this wine anytime.
2014 My Favorite Neighbor
43% Syrah, 35% Petit Verdot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon
Always one of our most popular wines, MFN was aged in French oak for 24 months and is as balanced as it has ever been before. In barrel the Cabernet and Syrah wanted to rear their head and show their ripeness, but the massive Petit Verdot would not allow them. This is reminiscent of one of (my favorite neighbor) Stephan Asseo's legendary Estate Cuvee wines. You will be rewarded for aging this wine 2 years, however I opened one a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised at how ready it seemed right off the bottling line!
2014 Fulldraw Ext
46% Syrah, 33% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre
This GSM from my Assistant Winemaker’s property immediately attached to Booker is usually a bigger wine showing a bit more black than red fruits, and the extended version does not disappoint. Yes, it has the big tannins we got from 14, but it is softer and more accessible now than most of the other wines. That said, with a large percentage of whole cluster fruit you will be better off waiting a couple of years on this one. Crack one in first 6 months and decide for yourself!