We topped our ten best wines under $16 with our number one seller: J. Bookwalter Notebook Columbia Valley Red NV2 $9.99
This Washington wine, formerly known as Bookmark, creates a buzz wherever it is tasted. Last year at a trade wine party, people started cooing and chirping about the latest vintage of this, the new label of that. The buzz started early, “Did you try the new Bookwalter?” So it went all night – Bookmark, Bookmark, Bookmark. Finally, towards the end of the night I was finally able to get around to tasting the wine everyone was talking about. I was impressed. I was even more impressed to find out it was only $10!
I am not the only one that was impressed. In the year since it first appeared, Bookmark/Notebook has won rave reviews from wine writers and appearing on a number of top 10 lists. Seattle Magazine declared the Bookmark to be the best red blend of 2012. NW Anthem selected the Bookmark as one of their top 5 discoveries.
Notebook Red Blend, as it is now known, is WINE WORLD & Spirits #1 best-selling wine for one reason, It’s really good. This Washington wine is fruit driven with plenty of pomegranate, cherry and currant, spiced up with cinnamon, cloves and a touch black pepper, finishing up with cocoa, vanilla and cola. It is a Cabernet driven blend, with Merlot, Syrah and 7% other varieties.
What makes this wine different is the NV (Non-Vintage) part of the equation. NV 2, the second incarnation of this wine, is 69% 2010 with some lots going back to 2007 or possibly older. The blending of older more mature lots of wine and younger more fruit forward batches gives the wine depth and character not seen in many $10 wines.
Maybe, it is the predominant influence of the single varietal, that keeps winemakers from making Non Vintage blends. But, luckily for us John Bookwalter is a man who has the confidence of someone who knows his craft. John not only learned at the side of his father Jerry, but also spent years in the wine industry before joining the family business. John, who with the tutelage of the legendary Zelma Long spent ten years revamping the winery, vineyards and even the tasting room. Today, with the guidance of consulting winemaker Claude Gros a self-described, “unprincipled chameleon” who Jancis Robinson has lauded as one best of the New Wave of French winemakers, we are tasting what is only the beginning of delicious revolution.
Buy this great Quality Price Ratio (QPR) Washington Wine, Notebook Red Blend in store or online for only $9.99! It is a great hostess gift or Tuesday night wine.