Booker My Favorite Neighbor 2016 | Gorgeous, Versatile & Approachable
Winemaker | Booker My Favorite Neighbor 2016 opens softly with luscious, dark fruit notes, seamlessly crosses the mid-palate and leaves you with a lengthy finish of blackberry compote and espresso. Farming at this level, with old school values and cutting-edge technology, is how we are able to make a wine that stands up to the most notable cult Cabernets in the world. There are no additives or magic tricks. No manipulations, shortcuts or compromises, ever. My Favorite Neighbor was inspired by doing what’s right. We’re grateful to be on the Westside of Paso where the soil, team, and vision all converge to make this project a reality. Welcome to the neighborhood.
97JD | Still in barrel, the Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Booker My Favorite Neighbor 2016 offers smokin’ notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, licorice, smoke tobacco, and hints of violets. With full-bodied, still fresh, chalky, moderately tannic, elegant and lengthy red.
Booker Vineyard | Paso Robles, CA
Booker Vineyard is located on Paso Robles’ Westside, immediately joining the famous Stephan Vineyards that produce L’Aventure Wines. The high-density vineyard is mostly Rhone varietals planted on steep hillsides of calcareous shale.
The name Booker comes from the two orphan brothers Claude and Dick Booker who had owned the land, as well as hundreds more acres on Paso’s Westside. The Booker brothers were Paso’s favorite sons, dedicating their lives to being great farmers and humanitarians. Aside from lending their farming knowledge and manual labor to neighbors and those in need, they were the area’s biggest philanthropists, leaving 100% of their estate to charity when they passed.
Winemaker Eric Jensen
Jensen grew up outside of LA. Then following a career in the music business before coming to Paso Robles to pursue his dream of farming vineyards. Eric started out by studying under Justin Smith and his Father at Saxum Vineyards. As well as Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure. After 5 years of learning and working in this industry, he purchased 100-acres in 2001 and launched Booker’s first vintage in 2005. It all begins in the vineyard. Eric’s method is to farm to the highest level, cut no corners and spare no expense. “The canopy and year dictate the crop. When the fruit meets the winery, it is important to understand what the vineyard gave you. And to extract all the good that was created naturally”. This is Jensen’s philosophy for producing a round, soft wine with texture, balanced acid, and velvety tannins…and most importantly, delicious wine!
|WBOTD||Just the Good Stuff|
|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Full Bodied 97 pt Elegant & Lengthy Paso Robles Red Blend | From Winemaker Eric Jensen | Collectible – cult following|
|Why now?||Get it before it sells out|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||97JD | 4.4 Vivino|
|What is it?||Paso Robles Red Blend|
|What’s in it?||69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 11% Petit Verdot | ABV 14.8%|
|When to drink?||now thru 2030+|
|Pair with:||Red Meat, Comfort Foods, Poultry & Hard Cheese|
|Drink with:||Great Friends & Family | Wine Buddies|
|Occasion||Elegant get-together | Romantic Dinner|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 60 Minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||3+|