2011 Booker "Remnant" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1153335 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Also superb, the 2011 Remnant (formerly known as the Alchemist) is a kitchen sink blend of 55% Syrah, 14% Tempranillo, 11% Petit Verdot, 10% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre that saw 20% new French oak, 40% once-used barrels and the balance neutral oak. It’s a savory, complex 2011 that offers up plenty of spice, toast and cedar that’s balanced by a core of sweet black raspberry fruit that emerges with time in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, balanced and beautifully textured, this totally compelling red has fine tannin, serious richness and depth, and an overall classy profile. It will have upwards of a decade of longevity. 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)

94 points Vinous

 The 2011 Remnant is gorgeous. Pomegranate, orange peel, cloves, menthol and licorice all add shades of exotic complexity as this full-bodied, explosive wine opens up in the glass. The style is surprisingly soft and voluptuous for the year. Many producers in California eschew press juice in their blends. Eric Jensen, on he other hand, decided to bottle all of that juice, giving birth to the appropriately and colorfully named Remnant. In 2011, Remnant is 55% Syrah, 14% Tempranillo, 11% Petit Verdot, 10% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre. (AG)  (7/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque purple. Cassis, blackberry and cola aromas, with complicating anise, candied violet and allspice accents. Lush and expansive, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a suggestion of fruitcake. Finishes with supple tannins and lingering notes of blueberry preserves, mocha and cracked pepper. (JR)  (12/2013)

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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.