2011 J. Bookwalter "Subplot #27" Columbia Valley Red Blend (Previously $15)
J. Bookwalter's Subplot series are wines made of carefully selected lots that are blended across region and varietal with the objective of producing a distinctive expression that is full-bodied and complex yet balanced and affordable enough for everyday consumption. Sourced from top vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Wahluke Slope and Yakima Valley appellations, Subplot #27 contains 41% Syrah, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Merlot, aged in a combination of stainless steel and used French oak. Winemaker's notes: "I am particularly proud of this wine as 2011 posed formidable challenges from a cold weather perspective, yet we were still able to deliver our signature ripe style of table wine at an exceptional value. Our Subplot blend is a complex wine that provides a symphony of fresh fruit aromatically speaking; red fruits, like black cherries, raspberries and black currants, are wrapped with the subtle hints of savory herbs, brown sugar, caramel, cola and pencil shavings. The wine enters the palate sweet and has a generous, round mouth-coating mid-palate. Fruit flavors echo the aromatics; Red and Dark fruits are surrounded by essences of brown sugar, waffle cone, cream soda and dashes of fresh and dried herbs. The sumptuous finish is complemented by the natural sweetness and acidity of the wine."