2010 Booker "The Ripper" Paso Robles Grenache
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I was blown away by the 2010 Ripper, a 100% Grenache done in concrete for the first time. It boasts captivating aromatic complexity, layers of sweet, refined fruit and fabulous overall balance. Vivid red fruit, flowers, mint and spices linger on the sublime finish. The Ripper boasts extraordinary varietal expression. Making pure Grenache in Paso Robles is not easy, but this is a model of what can be achieved here. Although impeccably restrained, the sheer glycerin and richness are pure California. The 2010 Ripper is a modern-day classic from Booker and proprietor Eric Jensen. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. 97+ points. (AG)
*Highly Recommended* Strikingly rich and complex, with dark berry, plum and wild berry flavors that are both supple and layered, firming midpalate and gaining a loamy earth minerality on the long, sustained finish, all capped by melted black licorice. Drink now through 2024.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, explosive aromas of red berry preserves and potpourri, with a spicy topnote. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering sappy raspberry and cherry flavors and notes of candied rose and white pepper. Shows impressive finesse for a big wine and finishes smooth, seamless and long.
From the winery: "One of our more coveted wines, the Ripper is a stunner that is not produced yearly. Changing with each vintage, the 2010 is pure Chateauneuf in style with intensely layered red fruit and sweet tobacco. This wine is 100% Grenache, most of which was aged in cement tanks and the balance in used, large format French oak barrels. The Ripper is one of the most pure expressions of Booker Vineyard. Give this elegant lady about 6 months before ripping away!"