Booker Vineyard Harvey and Harriet Red Blend 2018
|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
The 2018 H&H is an opaque, inky hue with rich ruby edges. Dark black and blue spicy fruit dominate the nose with soft hints of vanilla. A deliciously smooth mouthfeel mirrors the spicy blackberry aroma. Full bodied, this wine showcases textural elegance and an enjoyable, dry finish. This hedonistic beauty is for those that love big, layered wines that still showcase an explosion of gorgeous fruit
The barrel sample of 2018 Harvey and Harriet is made up of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 14% Petite Sirah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot, aging in 75% new French oak. Deep ruby-black in color, it has a very layered nose with aromas of exotic spices, crème de cassis, blackcurrant bud, tar and tilled black soil with hints of violet, lilac, cardamom and baking spices. The medium to full-bodied palate is silky and has a great interplay of fruit and spice. It has a firm, pleasantly chalky frame and just enough freshness, finishing long with a youthful cloaking of oak spice.
Moving to the reds, the entry-level Harvey and Harriet is always made in a richer, softer style compared to the classic My Favorite Neighbor cuvée. The 2018 offers a big, juicy bouquet of crème de cassis and jammy blackberries interwoven with lots of tobacco, cedar pencil, and earthy, foresty aromas and flavors. This ripe yet medium to full-bodied, polished, elegant beauty will drink nicely for at least a decade.
Inky ruby. Ripe, spice-accented cherry, black currant, pipe tobacco and vanilla qualities on the deeply perfumed nose. Fleshy, appealingly sweet dark fruit preserve, floral pastille and bitter chocolate flavors are supported by a core of juicy acidity. Conveys an appealing blend of depth and energy and finishes sweet and long, with smooth, well-knit tannins and lingering dark berry and vanilla notes. Drinking Window: 2023-2031.