2012 Booker "Oublie" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1190452 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Oublie checks in as a blend of 44% Mourvedre, 36% Grenache and 20% Counoise and offers up a Rhone-like feel in its kirsch, underbrush, spiced meats and floral aromas and flavors. It shows the full-bodied richness and depth that’s the hallmark of this estate, yet it stays seamless and elegant, with a terrific finish. It’s one of the more graceful and elegant wines in the lineup and will drink well for 7-8 years. (JD)  (8/2014)

92 points Vinous

 Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, rose petals, spices and mint lift from the 2012 Oublié. This is one of the more aromatic, perfumed versions of Oublié I can remember tasting. hints of sweet tobacco and cedar add nuance on the close. The blend is 44% Mourvèdre, 36% Grenache and 20% Counoise. (AG)  (7/2014)

K&L Notes

Booker Vineyard is farmed bio-dynamically. They believe it keeps them in touch with their vineyard and forces them to perceive it as a living, breathing entity. Bio-dynamic farming follows the beliefs of Rudolf Steiner, who promoted a holistic approach to farming, describing that all things on the farm (including soil, plants, and livestock) are interrelated. 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, bio-dynamics 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.