2006 Bookwalter Protagonist
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WS 92
  • WA 91
  • WE 91

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WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2009
Rich with layers of mint- and tobacco-infused black cherry blackberry and cedar flavors that ride easily over a mild grip of tannins to a long expressive finish. Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Syrah and others... Rich with layers of mint- and tobacco-infused black cherry blackberry and cedar flavors that ride easily over a mild grip of tannins to a long expressive finish. Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Syrah and others. Best from 2010 through 2016. 1430 cases made.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2009
The 2006 Protagonist is a blend of 63% Merlot 28% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Petit Verdot Syrah and Cabernet Franc. It received the same upbringing as the two Foreshadow wines. It displays an enticing bouquet of... The 2006 Protagonist is a blend of 63% Merlot 28% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Petit Verdot Syrah and Cabernet Franc. It received the same upbringing as the two Foreshadow wines. It displays an enticing bouquet of cigar box earth notes spice box black cherry and black raspberry. Plush on the palate with refined tannins it has plenty of tasty red fruit impeccable balance and a pure fruit-filled finish. It will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and will deliver prime drinking from now to 2021.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, September 2009
Big smooth and loaded with smoky oak this substantial Bordeaux blend comes at you with lots of cherry cassis licorice and dark chocolate. It's muscular and authoritative with Red Mountain minerality.
JJB 92
Jeff Loo - JJ Buckley, December 2010
Ruby purple core with a crimson rim. The nose offers vibrant aromas of toast candied fruit strawberries spice and flowers while the palate is smooth and lush with loads of black fruit cherry and cocoa. This full bodied... Ruby purple core with a crimson rim. The nose offers vibrant aromas of toast candied fruit strawberries spice and flowers while the palate is smooth and lush with loads of black fruit cherry and cocoa. This full bodied wine has suave tannins and acidity that makes the mouth water for more as does the long finish defined by coffee and vanilla bean.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region Washington
Sub-region Columbia Valley
Appellation Yakima Valley
Sub-appellation Red Mountain
Vintage 2006

Winery

Bookwalter

Located in the heart of Washington wine country, J. Bookwalter Winery has been producing high-quality red and white wines since 1982. It was established by Jerry Bookwalter, the 9th generation of the Bookwalter family to have been involved in American agriculture.

Jerry had years of experience in California farming and has helped managed the plantings of three iconic vineyards – Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus – before eventually becoming vineyard manager of the famed Conner Lee Vineyard which remains the largest source of grapes for J. Bookwalter wines.

In 1997, John Bookwalter joined the winery with a keen understanding of its heritage and a clear vision for its future. He proceeded to make sweeping changes to improve and expand the J. Bookwalter brand. He hired world-renowned consulting winemakers Zelma Long and Claude Gros to support the company’s winemaking efforts. In 2014, John turned over most of the winemaking responsibilities to Caleb Foster, who is recognized as one of the top winemakers in the United States.

The winery’s flagship tasting room in Richland, named one of the best tasting rooms in the United States by Sunset magazine, now includes a renowned, full-service restaurant, Fiction. J. Bookwalter also operates an attractive, modern tasting studio in Woodinville.