2012 Booker "Remnant" Paso Robles Red Blend (stained labels)

SKU #1259590 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Getting the remnants from the other cuvees, the 2012 Remnant (which was formerly called the Alchemist) is 35% Tempranillo, 25% Petit Verdot, 23% Syrah and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon that saw the standard 18 months in a combination of new and used French oak. Full-bodied, rich and voluptuous, with some serious texture and depth, it also has superb balance, notable underlying structure and integrated acidity, all of which keep it a joy to drink. Loaded with notions of blackberry, raspberry, smoke, roasted herbs and licorice, this masculine-styled beauty can be consumed anytime over the coming 7-8 years. (JD)  (8/2014)

92 points Vinous

 Dark red cherry, plum, spices, new leather, menthol and grilled herbs take shape in the 2012 Remnant. In 2012, Jensen did not make his Cabernet Sauvignon-based My Favorite Neighbor, so much of that fruit ended up here. Hints of French oak add sweetness on the voluptuous, racy finish. The 2012 is an unusually soft Remnant with plenty of near and medium-term appeal. (AG)  (7/2014)

K&L Notes

Booker Vineyard is farmed using biodynamic practices. Like many, they were skeptical of the concept at first. Eventually they came to realize, if these farming practices are good enough for some of the most discriminating wineries of the world then why not give it a try. Thus far, biodynamics has proven to increase the overall health and balance of their vineyard, as well as their team working within it.

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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.