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2010 Booker Vineyard The Ripper Grenache

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

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RATINGS

97+ The Wine Advocate

I was blown away by the 2010 Ripper... It boasts captivating aromatic complexity, layers of sweet, refined fruit and fabulous overall balance. Vivid red fruit, flowers, mint and spices linger on the sublime finish...

94Wine Spectator

Strikingly rich and complex, with dark berry, plum and wild berry flavors that are both supple and layered, firming at midpalate and gaining a loamy-earth minerality on a long sustained finish, all capped by melted black licorice.

93Vinous / IWC

Sexy, explosive aromas of red berry preserves and potpourri, with a spicy topnote. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering sappy raspberry and cherry flavors and notes of candied rose and white pepper...

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it is considered one of the West Coast’s most exciting winemaking regions. With its hot, sometimes searingly dry and sunny weather, it is especially good country for growing warm climate grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Because many Paso Robles wineries have been successful with blending these grapes into Rhone Valley-style wines, it is known as the Rhone zone of California. The AVA was created in 1983 and there are 32,000 vineyard acres. In late 2014 the AVA was divided into 11 smaller sub-appellations, so starting with 2015 vintages labeling will become more specific on Paso Robles wines, which will now also list sub-appellations. Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, the town and its surrounding area, was traditionally a farming and ranching region. But from a few dozen wineries in the early 1990s to more than 200 today, the area is quickly becoming known for wine and risk-taking winemakers.

TYPE

Red Wine, Grenache

One of the most popular red varieties planted, it ripens late and prefers hot dry climates. It probably originated in Spain, where it is still widely grown. Grenache is best known for its use in Southern Rhone wines, including those of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.