Booker Vineyard

Vertigo 22 Months Red Rhone Blend

9.327 ratings
9.42 pro ratings
Paso Robles, Central Coast, California, USA
Red Rhone Blend
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

On the nose, sweet & slightly baked; blackberries, black plum, plum, black raspberries, raspberries & dark cherries. Raspberry cola, perfect intensity of baking spices, soft & savory grilled meats, touch of fresh herbs, just a whiff of pepper, lavender, lilacs and liquid violets. The palate is full bodied, round & lush. The M-M+ tannins are soft and round and about 60% resolved. Gorgeous in the mouth. The fruits are creamy in style. Ripe; blackberries, black plum, plum, black raspberries, raspberries, dark cherries and ripe strawberries. Raspberry cola, vanilla, understated spice, pepper, savoy grilled meats, dry herbs, dry crushed rock powder, a little underbrush, iron pan, loamy dry top soil, some black moist earth, hint of mocha powder, milk chocolate, cigar ash, suede style leather, lavender, lilacs & liquid violets, perfect, round, mouthwatering acidity, great; balance, structure, tension and length. The very long finish is round, lush and has sex appeal. It's drinking really well with a hour/hour & half decant. Better in 1-2 years and has another 4-7 years of really good drinking ahead of it. Great pair with the grilled Kentucky Bourbon marinated chicken skewers and seasoned wild rice. Photos of; Eric Jensen (Owner/Winemaker), tasting room bar, Eric working harvest and the Booker vineyard. Producer notes and history...Booker gets it's name from the two orphan brothers, Claude and Dick Booker, who had purchased the land in the late 1920’s. By the turn of the century, the Booker brothers acquired over 1,200 acres on Paso's westside. The Booker brothers dedicated their lives to being great farmers and humanitarians. Aside from lending their farming knowledge and manual labor to neighbors, they were the area's biggest philanthropists, leaving 100% of their estate to charity when they passed, Dick in 1990 and Claude in 2000. Eric and Lisa Jensen purchased 100 acres of the property in 2001. After making wine with Justin Smith (Saxum) for five years and Stephan Asseo (L'Aventure Wines) for two years, the Jensen's started Booker Vineyard. The 2005 vintage was Eric Jensen first release. Booker produces about 4,500 cases a year depending on what Mother-nature gives them. Booker is located on the westside of Paso Robles, immediately joining the famous Stephan Vineyards that produce L'Aventure Wines. The high-density vineyard is mostly Rhone varieties planted on steep hillsides of calcareous shale. They farm organically, sustainable and biodynamic and treat the entire vineyard as a living organism. Booker uses animals (normally sheep) for weed control and solar panels are placed at the house and winery. The Jensen's are definitely doing things right. If you haven't tried Booker, it's worth your effort.

On the nose, sweet & slightly baked; blackberries, black plum, plum, black raspberries, raspberries & dark cherries. Raspberry cola, perfect intensity of baking spices, soft & savory grilled meats, touch of fresh herbs, just a whiff of pepper, lavender, lilacs and liquid violets. The palate is full bodied, round & lush. The M-M+ tannins are soft and round and about 60% resolved. Gorgeous in the mouth. The fruits are creamy in style. Ripe; blackberries, black plum, plum, black raspberries, raspberries, dark cherries and ripe strawberries. Raspberry cola, vanilla, understated spice, pepper, savoy grilled meats, dry herbs, dry crushed rock powder, a little underbrush, iron pan, loamy dry top soil, some black moist earth, hint of mocha powder, milk chocolate, cigar ash, suede style leather, lavender, lilacs & liquid violets, perfect, round, mouthwatering acidity, great; balance, structure, tension and length. The very long finish is round, lush and has sex appeal. It's drinking really well with a hour/hour & half decant. Better in 1-2 years and has another 4-7 years of really good drinking ahead of it. Great pair with the grilled Kentucky Bourbon marinated chicken skewers and seasoned wild rice. Photos of; Eric Jensen (Owner/Winemaker), tasting room bar, Eric working harvest and the Booker vineyard. Producer notes and history...Booker gets it's name from the two orphan brothers, Claude and Dick Booker, who had purchased the land in the late 1920’s. By the turn of the century, the Booker brothers acquired over 1,200 acres on Paso's westside. The Booker brothers dedicated their lives to being great farmers and humanitarians. Aside from lending their farming knowledge and manual labor to neighbors, they were the area's biggest philanthropists, leaving 100% of their estate to charity when they passed, Dick in 1990 and Claude in 2000. Eric and Lisa Jensen purchased 100 acres of the property in 2001. After making wine with Justin Smith (Saxum) for five years and Stephan Asseo (L'Aventure Wines) for two years, the Jensen's started Booker Vineyard. The 2005 vintage was Eric Jensen first release. Booker produces about 4,500 cases a year depending on what Mother-nature gives them. Booker is located on the westside of Paso Robles, immediately joining the famous Stephan Vineyards that produce L'Aventure Wines. The high-density vineyard is mostly Rhone varieties planted on steep hillsides of calcareous shale. They farm organically, sustainable and biodynamic and treat the entire vineyard as a living organism. Booker uses animals (normally sheep) for weed control and solar panels are placed at the house and winery. The Jensen's are definitely doing things right. If you haven't tried Booker, it's worth your effort.

Sep 23rd, 2017
patrick lorian

Awesome!!! Give it a few hours of air ... Awesome.

Awesome!!! Give it a few hours of air ... Awesome.

1 person found it helpfulMar 16th, 2014
Eric LaMasters

Very nice Rhône-style blend.

Very nice Rhône-style blend.

Dec 9th, 2017
Rob Sternthal

Tart. A little tannic. Great nose. Unique flavors.

Tart. A little tannic. Great nose. Unique flavors.

May 21st, 2016
Berg

Big blackberry, raspberry, coffee, meat, vanilla...tannins need to smooth more...good, but I prefer the syrah standing on it's own in the fracture bottling

Big blackberry, raspberry, coffee, meat, vanilla...tannins need to smooth more...good, but I prefer the syrah standing on it's own in the fracture bottling

May 7th, 2016
John Stabe

Booker Vertigo 22

Booker Vertigo 22

Apr 16th, 2016
Berg

More restrained than other recent booker and saxums at 14.7%...its ok, but some cough syrup in the nose and palate, along with anise, blackberry, graphite...however its still at cellar temp on a pop 'n pour, will keep track as it warms and opens, and update the note.

2-0, and this has already opened for the better, picking up some syrah meatiness now, and the wood had faded into the background a bit, gets a couple point bump.

3-0 quickly, and still changing!

3-1, definitely much meatier now, hints of herbs and sweet florals

Big red helped 3 minutes in!
#rockthered
#letsgocaps

More restrained than other recent booker and saxums at 14.7%...its ok, but some cough syrup in the nose and palate, along with anise, blackberry, graphite...however its still at cellar temp on a pop 'n pour, will keep track as it warms and opens, and update the note.

2-0, and this has already opened for the better, picking up some syrah meatiness now, and the wood had faded into the background a bit, gets a couple point bump.

3-0 quickly, and still changing!

3-1, definitely much meatier now, hints of herbs and sweet florals

Big red helped 3 minutes in!
#rockthered
#letsgocaps

Mar 22nd, 2016
Berg

Going as domestic, big and red as I can tonight, ha! Huge wine, smooth, sweet, raspberries, vanilla, pepper, graphite, purple-drank, kind of soft though, not a lot of structure, not even noticeable acidity. But it's worked, caps up 2-0 after 1, ha! #rockthered #letsgocaps

Going as domestic, big and red as I can tonight, ha! Huge wine, smooth, sweet, raspberries, vanilla, pepper, graphite, purple-drank, kind of soft though, not a lot of structure, not even noticeable acidity. But it's worked, caps up 2-0 after 1, ha! #rockthered #letsgocaps

Mar 3rd, 2016
Andrew Steffensmeier

Vertigo 24 months. Quite tasty and balanced.

Vertigo 24 months. Quite tasty and balanced.

Feb 26th, 2016
Dave Wood

Fabulous juice. Great concentration but with remarkable balanced acidity. Best Booker to date.

Fabulous juice. Great concentration but with remarkable balanced acidity. Best Booker to date.

Nov 10th, 2015