2011 Booker "Oublié" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1150667 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Also more finesse oriented than normal, the 2011 Oublie is a great blend of 38% Syrah, 23% Counoise, 20% Mourvedre and the balance Grenache. Spending 16 months in barrel, it gives up big bing cherry, licorice, pepper and complex underbrush-like qualities to go with a medium to full-bodied, seamless mouthfeel that stays remarkably well- focused and precise. Beautiful stuff that offers both richness and freshness, it will age gracefully for over a decade. Drink 2014-2021. Known for producing decadently rich and textured wines, proprietor Eric Jenson continues to show his winemaking skill and talent with these distinctly fresh, focused 2011s (his 2010s were also in the same ball park stylistically). All of the wines reviewed here are brilliant and this estate has quickly become one of the reference points for Paso Robles. Don’t miss these wines! While most of Eric’s wines are ready to go on release, these 2011s will all benefit from short-term cellaring. (JD)  (8/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Smoky black and blue fruit scents pick up an elegant floral element with air. Juicy, penetrating blueberry and bitter cherry flavors display very good energy and put on weight with air. Notes of succulent herbs and Indian spices come up on the finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins. (JR)  (12/2013)

91 points Vinous

 Dark red cherries, flowers, mint, licorice and tobacco are some of the notes that take shape in the 2011 Oublié. Layered and beautifully focused throughout, the 2011 has the brilliance of the rest of the 2011s. If opened now, the Oublié needs at least one hour of air to allow for some of the angular contours to soften and the fruit to emerge fully. (AG)  (7/2013)

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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.