Another WAwineman classic, 1st posted on October 9, 2009:
As you folks may know how much I luv Orygun, it’s time to get back in balance and show them folks down south of the mighty Columbia River are not as hazardous to be around as the kooks in some other states. Near Boston, a couple wigged out at McDonald’s when they got the wrong size fries, by tossing spare change and “2-foot tall” cones at the employees. “Hey, I wanted the large size ‘make my booty bigger’! This small size won’t even feed my muffin top!” was supposedly screamed by the assailants. In Dallas, they’re looking for a pudgy 6-foot man who keeps exposing himself in other people’s backyards and dancing naked on air-conditioning units. Police want to catch him “before it escalates into something else.” How much worse of a picture can that get?? In TN, church members get into fisticuffs before burning down their church…their version of “Friday Night Light-it-up.” In West Virginia, a man put Natural Ice Light beer into an 11-month old’s baby bottle “as a practical joke.” The baby later vomited, as anyone would. Light beer…totally gross. See, we luvvvv them pinot noir-drinking hokies down south!
Bookwalter Winery started up in 1983 by Jerrold Bookwalter after stints managing the vineyards at Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus and some dabbering in grape brokering and agricultural management. Jerry got his UC Davis degree back in 1963, one of them in pomology, the study of fruit. Didn’t know there was such a thing, huh? His son, John, joined the winemaking team in 1997 and teamed up with Zelma Long in 2000 to create wines that received “rave reviews.” This past April, John linked up with Claude Gros (Languedoc-Roussillon) to further elevate the artistry in their wines.
Bookwalter has a spacious tasting room behind the Hollywood Schoolhouse, sharing the same roof with Mark Ryan Winery and Ross Andrew Winery. Three different delicious styles of wines within a few yards of each other. The enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff add to a very pleasant tasting experience. A must-visit.
I’m a big fan of Conner Lee Vineyard chardonnay so I was surprised to see this blend was cut with viognier (43%). My question of “why would anyone mess with CLV chardonnay?” was answered with a softer presentation of the stone fruits, making for a softer white wine for those just not into pure chardonnay.
Color: light straw. Nose: stoney fruits, essence of grapefruit, twist of lemon. Mouthfeel: wallflower. Tail trail: 3 seconds. Flavors: yellow peach, citrus tart, nectarines.
Acidity: 0.56. Alcohol: 14.2%. Columbia Valley AVA. Co-fermented in 100% stainless steel. Sugar: 0.4%. 5th vintage. Rated: 87. Value: $15. Paid: $20. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.