2011 Booker "Oublié" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1150667 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Also more finesse oriented than normal, the 2011 Oublie is a great blend of 38% Syrah, 23% Counoise, 20% Mourvedre and the balance Grenache. Spending 16 months in barrel, it gives up big bing cherry, licorice, pepper and complex underbrush-like qualities to go with a medium to full-bodied, seamless mouthfeel that stays remarkably well- focused and precise. Beautiful stuff that offers both richness and freshness, it will age gracefully for over a decade. (JD)  (8/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Smoky black and blue fruit scents pick up an elegant floral element with air. Juicy, penetrating blueberry and bitter cherry flavors display very good energy and put on weight with air. Notes of succulent herbs and Indian spices come up on the finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins. (JR)  (12/2013)

91 points Vinous

 Dark red cherries, flowers, mint, licorice and tobacco are some of the notes that take shape in the 2011 Oublié. Layered and beautifully focused throughout, the 2011 has the brilliance of the rest of the 2011s. If opened now, the Oublié needs at least one hour of air to allow for some of the angular contours to soften and the fruit to emerge fully. (AG)  (7/2013)


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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.