2010 Booker "Alchemist" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1108843 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The density of Syrah and the spice/grilled herb notes typical of Cabernet Sauvignon meld together in the estate’s 2010 Alchemist, a wine of fabulous depth and overall harmony. Layers of sweet, perfumed fruit flow effortlessly to a deep, resonant finish laced with the essence of graphite and plums. The blend is 80% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, aged in neutral oak. (AG)  (8/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Firm and dense, very tight and compact, with concentrated yet juicy dried currant, cedar, mineral and graphite framed by chewy tannins. Shows excellent length and focus. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. (JL)  (12/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright violet color. Sexy, perfumed bouquet evokes black and blue fruits, incense and violet, with a floral overtone. Weighty yet lively, offering sweet dark berry flavors and strong candied violet and clove qualities. Impressively fresh and focused wine, with slow-building tannins and a lingering note of candied blueberry. (JR)  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

The barrels with the darkest and most intense fruit are chosen for the "Alchemist," known as Booker's "powerhouse" red. The 2010 is a blend of 80% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot that was aged in 50% new French oak. It's big, ripe, and rich, an undeniable powerhouse of a wine, with layers of blackberry, black plum, fig, and chocolate accented by smoky vanilla, exotic spice, and a hint of sage. Tannins on the finish leave a lingering impression. Decant to enjoy tonight or lay away 3-5 years for further evolution in bottle.

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.