Bookwalter Protagonist Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Classic ripe Cabernet aromas invite you to a glass filled with dark fruits, cream and coffee tones. Generous amounts of blackfruits, graphite, minerals, cocoa and rose petals seamlessly fill the nose and palate. The finish is long, filled with fruit and vanilla with toasty oak and mocha flavors echoing across this rich wine. Fine smooth tannins and refreshing acidity structure this refreshing young Cabernet that opens well in the glass. Powerful, age worthy,long and generous, this wine will richly reward for a decade or two, enjoyable with a host of foods throughout the seasons.
Wine AdvocateAnother outstanding wine is the 2013 Protagonist (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) which spent 18 months in 50% new puncheons. It has a full-bodied, fresh, yet beautifully textured style to go with classic Cabernet notes of cassis, graphite, tobacco leaf and a kiss of bouquet garni. Like most of 2013s from Bookwalter, it’s relatively forward and charming, yet I suspect it will still evolve gracefully for at least a decade. Note, this cuvee comes from vines planted in 1987 and 1988.
Wine EnthusiastCabernet Sauvignon makes up 95% of this wine, with the balance Syrah. It seems reductive out of the gate, making it a challenge to get at the black-cherry aromas. The dark fruit, fig and herb flavors are full in feel, seeming slightly dried out and backed by surprisingly soft tannins for the variety