• SMagowan Likes this wine: 88 points

    November 27, 2021 - Reasonably priced, a kind of second wine from Booker. Ready now but could be better in 2 - 3 years. I liked its rich flavors of dark fruit and subdued tannins. It was a little sweet tasting, which took away from its depth. 14.9% alcohol was a bit of a punch in the mouth.

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  • The wino that I know Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 25, 2021 - Bold and smooth. Can taste strawberries and ripe kiwi

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  • rickycambier Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 20, 2021 - 92

  • ogres3 Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 3, 2021 - Probably drinking a little early but have not had this wine. Full bodied, lots of dark purple fruit, still with a tannic kick to it. Should improve in the bottle.

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  • ralaspech wrote: 88 points

    September 11, 2021 - I'm in the minority but I found this to be muddled, lacking focus and vibrancy, and generally disappointing

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  • Ortiz Brown Likes this wine: 89 points

    August 23, 2021 - This wine is deep purple in the glass with crimson edges. The nose shows stewed blueberries and oak; not quite as vibrant as I’d expected.

    On the palate the wine is fruit-forward and tasty, with flavors of dark cherries, cocoa, tobacco, and oak. Most notable are the plushy tannins that coat the mouth. Acidity is medium to low. Unfortunately, the moderate complexity on entry through the mid-palate quickly fades on the back of the palate with little lasting on the finish.

    Nice wine but feels incomplete. It opened up after a few hours, so a 2-3 hour decant is recommended.

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  • mpricher wrote: 90 points

    July 25, 2021 - Young and right upon popping but opened up and it offered tons of bright fruit and depth. Everyone enjoyed

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  • mliszt Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 22, 2021 - while i am a big Booker fan and love their more expensive stuff this is a value at the price. it's good, not great as i get older i lean more to the great and if i was younger i would have bought more.

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  • Sid_Loves_Wine Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 19, 2021 - Fun stuff- I really liked it, but I wish I could rate it higher. Really good for the $25 Costco price, but unfortunately it's usually priced way higher and doesn't represent stellar QPR for me- especially not when the far superior MFN Cab Sauv is only barely more expensive.

    This is very much a fun and dumb kind of wine that fully leans into its character, which I absolutely mean in a good way. It's impossible to get a sense of what each of the many grapes are contributing to the blend- not only is it a fairly random mix of varietals, but it's extremely ripe, and there's a lot of heavy oak. That said, I love the expressivity here- it isn't trying to achieve superficial balance, and is stronger for it.

    Pronounced nose with a ton of rich black fruit, some almost-fresh, some baked- blackberry pie, creme de cassis, etc. An equally powerful and very high-quality oak tone with vanilla bean and a vivid scent of sweetened coffee, mocha, etc. That's all I got, a blast of black fruit and expensive oak, but it excels in the powerful delivery.

    Palate is about the same as the nose with black fruit and sweet coffee. Although I know this isn't meant to be an acid-driven wine, it comes close to feeling too watery for my palate. Yeah, this is why people call it "smooth", the biggest red flag for me in a wine. There's juuuuust enough acidity and tannin that it's still delicious, but it could use a little more of each to assist the rich fruit and oak flavors. There's no point in aging this long term, or even at all- no need to soften anything when it's already incredibly soft and easy, and the great fruit/oak combo is already fully expressive.

    This lack of seriousness is where the MFN Cab comes in. $15-$20 more and you get a wine that's similar in character, but twice as expressive- and although it's not meant to be acid-driven either, it has more than enough energy and structure to feel complete. The Cab punches above it's price, but this isn't a $40 wine, more like a killer $20 one.

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  • Salute Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 8, 2021 - Nice red blend from Paso Robles.
    Deep dark red, spicy nose with floral notes.
    Dark red fruit, medium tannins, sharp finish.
    Nice wine - would buy again.

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