2017 Booker Vineyard Ripper

Year: 2017
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.2%
Price :


"Shows breadth and presence, with a refined core of stony minerality and lively acidity, caressed by black raspberry, smoky bay leaf and espresso flavors that build tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2026. -T.F." (WS)

"The 2017 The Ripper is made of 100% Grenache aged in 25% new French oak puncheons. Pale to medium ruby, it features scents of raspberry preserves, rhubarb, dried red currants and red cherries, dried herbs, charcuterie and blood orange peel with amaro spices and an earthy undercurrent. Light to medium-bodied, the palate offers a great interplay of bright fruits and earthy/savory notions, with a firm, pleasantly chalky frame and great freshness, finishing long. 600 cases produced." (WA)

"Deep red. A highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of ripe red fruits, incense, candied flowers and smoky minerals, and a white pepper nuance builds as the wine opens up. Juicy, alluringly sweet raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors become fleshier and deeper with air while maintaining energy. Seamless, focused and graceful for its heft, finishing with resonating red fruit character, strong persistence and harmonious tannins that come up slowly." (VM)

"Bottled in February of this year, the 100% Grenache 2017 Ripper has a beautiful perfume of black raspberries, white flowers, licorice, and subtle background oak. Rich and medium to full-bodied, it has wonderful purity, fine tannins, and a great finish." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Most consider Ripper to be the most elegant wine we produce with its delicate red fruits and signature hints of cherry cola. We partially age the wine in neutral French 500L oak barrels, and the other part of the wine in concrete tanks. Ripper is only made in select years when our Grenache crop shows top-quality.