2014 Bookwalter Conflict Red Blend Conner-Lee Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
Price :


"Sleek and refined, showing floral red currant and orange zest aromas, and deeply layered, plush cherry, mocha and spice notes that sail to a long finish, with polished tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2022. 1,455 cases made.–TF " (WS)

"Elegant, seamless and beautifully pure, the 2014 Conner Lee Vineyard Conflict (60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc) offers classic notes of ripe blackcurrants, plums, incense and spice in a medium to full-bodied, pure, graceful package. With fine tannin, solid mid-palate concentration and impeccable balance, it's not a blockbuster, but it shines for its purity, finesse and elegance." (WA)

"This wine is a blend of Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) and Cabernet Franc. Brooding aromas of blackberry, black currant, herb and spice lead to rich ripe hedonistic black-fruit flavors that bring a compelling sense of texture. It's not shy, but for those looking for a big bold ripe wine, this one's for you." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard Notes:
Vintage 2014’s warmth was record breaking in many ways. It had the highest recorded tannin and color potential ever in WA. Our entire portfolio holds a volume and weight that matches our house style of bold, rich and smooth reds age worthy for decades. Beginning with an early spring for growing, flowering was early in June. Promising an early and ripe vintage from the vantage of spring, summer temperatures were hotter than average and often record breaking. Verasion was early in August, quick and even all hallmarks of great vintages. Well managed vineyards had fruit shaded from sun burn and healthy canopies to develop full ripeness. A hot September broke into a mild October. We picked all our red fruit under clear skies at a leisurely pace.

Production Notes:
Hand harvested merlot and cabernet fruit was sorted by hand and destemmed into open top fermenters for punch down mixing. Chilled and cold soaked for three days for color and freshness the wines were then inoculated and fermented cool below 84F. Pressed after two weeks of skins mixing, free run was barreled first and chosen for this wine. Finishing ferment in cooperage, we aged on lees for body and savory complexity. Aged for 15 months until blending for bottling the wine was vibrant and youthful. Egg white fined and filtered for clarity, this wine will age for over ten years. Enjoy with a host of foods throughout the seasons.

Winemaker Notes:
The outstanding merlot from Conner Lee Vineyard’s block 1992 is blended with our old block 1987 cabernet in this reserve wine. Tannic intensity vies for attention with the voluptuous merlot in this classic blend. Notes of blueberries, currants, crème brulèe, savory earthiness and oak fill our reserve Bordeaux blend. Our classical blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon displays the terroir of Conner Lee Vineyard in gorgeous form. We choose the outstanding merlot from block 1992 to blend with our old block 1987 cabernet to build this reserve wine. Warm vintages for Conner Lee Vineyard are our favorites showing off big ripe flavors balanced by the cool site. Expect this wine to last for ten to twenty years and show its best from one year after release.

Other Notes:
100% Conner Lee Vineyard, Estate grown, Columbia Valley AVA 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

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