2013 Booker "Fracture" Paso Robles Syrah

SKU #1216039 99 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Fracture is an utterly sensational blend of 100% Syrah, all from the estate Booker Vineyard, that exhibits off-the-chart notes of creme de cassis, crushed flowers, licorice, vanilla bean and toasted spice. Possessing perfect integration of its fruit, alcohol, tannin and acidity, it's full-bodied and incredibly seamless, with terrific concentration, a full, layered mid-palate and a blockbuster finish. Paso Robles Syrah at its finest, this incredible wine will benefit from a year or two in the cellar, yet thrill through 2025. Hats off to Eric Jensen for this absolutely killer effort and readers who doubt the quality of wine coming from these rolling hills west of Paso Robles need to try this wine. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Bold and downright flamboyant, this manages to stay balanced and focused. Floral aromas of boysenberry, raspberry and roasted coffee open to rich, complex flavors that focus on licorice, smoky pepper beef and loamy mineral. *Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015* (TF) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Brilliant purple. Sexy, focused mineral- and smoke-accented dark fruit liqueur and potpourri scents are complemented by suggestions of anise and cola. Sweet, seamless and spicy on the palate, with intense boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors becoming livelier with aeration. Really stains the palate and finishes sappy and very long, with smooth tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2015)

K&L Notes

Booker Vineyard is farmed biodynamically. They believe this practice keeps them in touch with their vineyard and forces them to perceive it as a living, breathing entity. Biodynamic farming follows the beliefs of Rudolf Steiner who promoted a holistic approach, describing how 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, biodynamic farming has proven to increase the overall health and balance of their vineyard, as well as their team working within it. *biodynamic*

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