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2019 Booker Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon My Favorite Neighbor

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine: 93 points

    January 10, 2022 - Retail $50. Big. Ass. Bottle. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. San Luis Obispo County. Several months ago, I had a Zoom interview with Eric Jensen, the somewhat bigger-than-life head of Booker Wines in Paso Robles. We chatted a bunch about countless topics but never got around to tasting the wines. That is a shame since they are stellar, including this "second label." Dark in the glass with fantastic fruit, anise, some cedar, and forest floor. Yowza. The palate is equally noteworthy, with plenty of fruit, but balanced perfectly with a lip-puckering acidity. Yowza. Yeah, I am sold.

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  • BordeauxBoy wrote: 91 points

    December 29, 2021 - Check your corks. Saw this at Costco for $30 in IL and thought I'd try one since it wasn't rated yet and see if this was a steal and in line with the high scores from previous vintage. The cork came out with very little tugging and the wine had crept to the end of the cork. Don't know if this will be a problem in other bottles but this one would have been shot in less than a year if I hadn't pulled it.

    The wine is a good cabernet and at $30, probably a good buy. Fruit and tannin dominate but seemed to be pretty soft already. Don't know if that was from it already getting some air around the cork or if it's just that way. May not have the agreeability of the 2013-'16s. Don't think any how this will earn the higher score of prior vintages.

  • philipmac wrote: 84 points

    December 1, 2021 - Long time member of Booker since our first purchases of his '08s. Cab from Paso is always hit and miss. Did his MFN once but haven't returned. Was teased to see this at Costco and debated. JD: 95; CT 92 as of this date. Decanted for 7 hours knowing its youth. Unfortunately, even with the long breath time, this wasn't for us. Extremely tight tannins, rough texture, fruit trying to speak but not having it. I'm confident this needs many years of aging, but not sure it will be at a caliber of Cab that we appreciate or appreciate at this price point.

  • OaktownRush Likes this wine: 91 points

    November 6, 2021 - Much as the other reviewer wrote, this isn’t a wine that keeps you guessing or seems like it has much more to reveal. On the nose there’s a lot of black and blue fruit, soil, some spice, the tiniest brush of pepper skin. The palate is big up front of with jammy blue and black fruit, some dark cherry, mocha, dark chocolate, vanilla towards the back end. There’s definitely pretty low tannins, and a distinct “smoothness” the whole way through.

    All of that said, this wine still maintains some balance with medium/med+ acid and a brightness that comes through when you don’t quite expect it. Definitely a “crowd pleaser”, but not exactly in a bad way — this could be a gateway to more interesting things.

  • Sid_Loves_Wine Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 4, 2021 - Short version: very fun wine, huge and rich, a small step behind the previous two vintages (lacking some structure and balance in comparison), doesn't feel very "serious" and definitely doesn't need aging, but solid QPR for this style, super expressive and not holding back.

    Long version: this is still a damn delicious wine and a great example of big/rich/extracted done right, in my opinion; because it's not trying to be something it isn't. Solid QPR around $45 at Costco. Clearly designed for immediate drinking- super expressive right on the pop-n'-pour, super soft tannins, immediately friendly. Not really a wine for long-term cellar naps and there's no tension/structure/complexity that needs time to integrate over a short term, either. It's just an in-your-face expression of huge fruit and oak (and a highly enjoyable one!)

    But- just like the 2018 felt much more generic and straightforward to me than the explosively good 2017, the same thing happened again. This 2019 felt like it was yet another step behind- and no, it's not because it's so young. Lots of beautiful ripe fruit on the nose- ranges from blackberry/blueberry compote to something like super-ripe/baked red fruit, cherry pie, that sort of thing. Nicely dialed-in oak, lots of milky vanilla bean, a touch of sweet coffee, baking spices, but still letting the jubilant fruit do the heavy lifting. This vintage I definitely got a heavier "jammy" tone on the nose- previous vintages were able to show the super-ripe fruit while still retaining a vague sense of freshness, or at least balanced the ripeness with the oak so that it didn't feel overblown- this one was coming closer to actually feeling "imbalanced", overly ripe, even if it was still enticing.

    Loved the fruit on the palate too, tons of currants, very pretty oak, but also lacking a little vibrancy and structure this vintage. Obviously this isn't meant to be an acid-driven wine, but there was more than enough in the '17 and '18 to feel complete, while here it's just a touch too close to being overly soft (the tannins are already complete silk, also.)

    Still more than enough enjoyment here and a nice fix for when you want something in this style (not my usual jam, but sometimes you just need it.) It's definitely a step up from the Harvey and Harriet (and Austin Hope, for that matter)- much more acidity here, and complexity, even if it doesn't have a ton of either. That said, I'm a little disheartened at where this wine seems to be going. It's been around $50 at Costco now for quite a while. The 2017 still felt like an $80 wine, regal and powerful, tons of structure and energy to support the huge fruit. The '18 felt like a $50 wine, although an excellent one. This feels like a $50 wine that could stand to be priced a little lower, lacking the extreme power and richness I wanted, and feeling like a more generic jammy ripe fruit and oak adventure. Not sure why they moved from an all-paso wine to the broader San Luis Obispo AVA, taking fruit from paso but also edna and surrounding areas. Maybe to cut costs? Probably going to buy one more (drank this at a party, so wasn't able to pay as much attention to it- might need a better glass, also.)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2019
  • Type Red
  • Producer Booker Vineyard
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation My Favorite Neighbor
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Paso Robles
  • UPC Codes 451120957505, 867506000404

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (1%)
  • In Cellars 780 (90%)
  • Consumed 81 (9%)

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