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2011 Booker "My Favorite Neighbor" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1153324 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Holding things slightly closer to the vest, the 2011 My Favorite Neighbor (46% Syrah, 40% Petit Verdot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon) has full-bodied richness and power to go with classic aromas and flavors of cassis, wild herbs, tobacco and cedar. The Cabernet and Petit Verdot really show here, with the Syrah component adding more plushness on the palate. Firming up nicely on the finish, with ripe, yet notable tannin, this serious 2011 should be given another 2-3 years in the cellar. While it will be hard to resist in its youth, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this drinking nicely at age 15 and beyond. Drink 2015-2026. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2013)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2011 My Favorite Neighbor is one of the many highlights at Booker this year. Explosive, full-bodied and opulent, the 2011 captures the generous, resonant warmth that is so typical of Paso Robles while at the same time retaining gorgeous balance and proportion. There is so much to like here. What a gorgeous wine! The blend is 46% Syrah, 40% Petit Verdot, and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. Inner quote mark (7/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Inky purple. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit scents are lifted by zesty Asian spice and floral nuances. Ripe and fleshy, offering expansive cassis, blueberry and bitter chocolate flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Closes with firm, youthful tannins, lingering smokiness and a hint of black pepper. The most brooding wine in the Booker lineup this year and the only one that I'd insist on stashing away for another few years. (JR) 91+ Inner quote mark (11/2013)

K&L Notes

"My Favorite Neighbor" is a reference to Stephan Asseo of l'Aventure, whose estate vineyard is a stone's throw from Booker's. It features a similar blend of grape varieties to l'Aventure's Estate Cuveé.

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