Booker Vineyard My Favorite Neighbor 2017
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|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
My Favorite Neighbor opens softly with luscious, dark fruit notes, seamlessly crosses the mid-palate and leaves you with a lengthy finish of blackberry compote and espresso.
The 2017 My Favorite Neighbor is also terrific and I suspect would cost 2-3 times its going rate if it was from Napa Valley. It's also the more elegant, perfumed, red-fruited release compared to the darker fruited Harvey and Harriet release. Classy notes of black raspberries, spice box, white flowers, lead pencil shavings, and tobacco leaf all emerge from the glass of this medium to full-bodied red, which offers a seamless texture, fine tannins, and a great finish.
Inky ruby. Heady, spice-accented blackberry, cherry liqueur, pipe tobacco, incense and candied rose on the powerfully scented nose. Chewy and energetic in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated red and blue fruit preserve flavors and candied licorice, roasted coffee and allspice notes that build in the glass. Finishes on a bitter cherry note, delivering solid thrust, well-knit tannins and superb, spice- and floral-tinged persistence.
A barrel sample blended of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot, the 2017 My Favorite Neighbor Proprietary Blend is deep garnet-purple in color and a little cedary to begin, giving way to fragrant blackcurrants, black cherries and black raspberries with touches of spice cake, Sichuan pepper, violets and hoisin. Full-bodied, densely packed and with velvety tannins, it delivers tons of tightly wound flavors, finishing long.