2008 Bookwalter Merlot Foreshadow

Year: 2008
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 89+
Vinous Media: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
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"Firm, with a light prickle of tannins around a generous core of dark berry, cherry and toast flavors, lingering effectively on the focused finish. Best from 2012 through 2016. 1,468 cases made." (WS)

"The purple-colored 2008 Foreshadow Merlot contains 11% Syrah with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc in its blend. It exhibits a brooding bouquet with elements of spice box, balsamic, lilacs, cassis, and black cherry making an appearance. Relatively forward on the palate, it reveals plenty of spice, mineral, and black fruits along with enough structure to support 1-2 years of additional cellaring. Drink it from 2012 to 2020.

J. Bookwalter is one of a number of wineries who have opened tasting rooms in the Seattle area, particularly Woodinville, to be near their customers, an especially important consideration in difficult economic times when direct sales can make a significant difference on the bottom line. Bookwalter’s newest collection is uniformly excellent." (WA)

"Good ruby-red. Musky, slightly reduced aromas of black raspberry and coffee. Sweet, fat and pliant, with good volume and generosity to its cassis, raspberry and coffee flavors. Shows an intriguing sweet/tart quality. The plush finish features notes of violet and mocha." (IWC)

"In this cooler vintage, winemaker John Bookwalter has introduced Syrah into his Merlot blend, along with smaller portions of Bordeaux varietals. A complex, satiny wine, spiced with herb and eucalyptus highlights, lush black fruits, and toasty espresso in the finish." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Our Foreshadow Merlot showcases our best Merlot vineyards in the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain appellations. A more classic, refined style of Merlot in that for the first time in 10 years we did not blend in Petit Verdot or Malbec but chose a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon which allowed for more grace and elegance. The wine parades a basket full of red fruits led by raspberries, Maraschino Cherries and cassis, perfume aromas of rose water, sandalwood, sage and cola are followed by very subtle tones of anise, leather and graphite. The wine enters the palate sweet, reveals a medium to full body on the mid palate and stays on course displaying a variety of the red fruits listed above. Slightly less powerful than previous vintages, but none the less intriguing given the secondary and tertiary flavors of figs, spices and bakers chocolate. Recommended cellaring for this merlot is in the 5 – 8 year range however it will certainly age longer with proper care.