2012 Bookwalter Cabernet Sauvignon Protagonist Conner-Lee Vineyard

Year: 2012
Appellation: Red Mountain, Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"Dense, focused and distinctive, with green peppercorn and sage nuances that run through the dark, brooding cherry and blackberry flavors, finishing on a smoky note. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best after 2016. 1,337 cases made.–HS " (WS)

"A big step up over the Merlot, the 2012 Protagonist is a smoking blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Syrah. Coming from sandy, loamy soils and aged in 70% new French oak, it has outstanding purity in its crème de cassis, black raspberry, toasted spice and classic oak aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, ripe, layered and nicely structured, drink it anytime over the coming 5-6 years." (WA)

"Made with 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Syrah, this wine offers notes of dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, barrel spices and cherry. It's supple in feel, dense yet reserved, showing a lot of elegance and restraint to the coffee flavors along with a very pretty sense of balance. Its best years are in front of it. Drink from 2022 to 2030." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Drawing attention as Cabernet does, this powerful wine has character to spare. Dark and purple rimmed, the expressive fruit leaps from the glass shrouded in refined oak. Syrah’s 9% supporting role adds rich and bold tones across the palate. From the dark color to big perfume through the many ripe tones this wine delivers elegance and power. This vintage’s harvest balanced sweetness and acidity with ripe tannins. This wine shows the vision and care taken for years in these old vineyard blocks developing the purity of flavors in the fruits. This wine shines as a leader among Protagonists.