2017 Bookwalter Cabernet Sauvignon Protagonist Conner-Lee Vineyard

Year: 2017
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Advocate: 92
James Suckling: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"The 2017 Protagonist Cabernet Sauvignon Dionysus Vineyard is luscious and juicy with ripe, healthy fruit showcasing aromas of cinnamon, chocolate-covered cherries, black raspberry and dusty black plum tones before redcurrant and crème de cassis waft out of the glass. Full-bodied and with a velvety, round richness, the fruit's complexity and layers continue to unfold and unpack across the mid-palate. It has a balanced structure that leads to a long, lingering finish with flavors of cinnamon, vanilla and dark, dusty cherries that fade on the tongue." (WA)

"This is a big, rich red with lots of concentrated fruit and power. Full body, chewy tannins and loads of fruit at the finish. Ripe berries, chocolate and walnuts with some smoky wood. Bigger, bolder style. Drink after 2022." (JS)

"More cassis, tobacco, and violets notes emerge from the 2017 Protagonist and it too is medium-bodied, elegant and fresh, with a light texture. Both of these drop off slightly on the finish but are solid, outstanding wines. This cuvee is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Syrah, aged in 80% new French oak." (JD)

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