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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Rock Hill - Round Table Tastings -- Rock Hill

We are excited to announce "The Round Table Tastings" a new monthly series of wine tastings at our Rock Hill location!
The Round Table Tastings! 
These small group tastings will follow a round table discussion format, and be centered around low production and collectible wines. The goal of these tastings will be to examine and evaluate wines from equal but different perspectives, while drawing on knowledge from winemakers & industry experts. Attendees can expect an evening of lighthearted conversation and discussion, centered around a fantastic selection of thought provoking wines. Planned topics include everything from single wineries, to single varietals, and even specific vintages, and are open to all levels of wine drinker. Tastings are expected to last about 1 hour and thirty minutes.

All tastings will be $20/Person

Reservations Required -- click here to sign up

The first edition is selling out fast -- only a few seats left already

  • Seating is limited to 12 guests
  • click here to reserve your seat.
  • Your credit card will be charged upon confirmation
  • No refunds

Here is the schedule -- so far
  • RTT #1: Thurs Oct 24th, 7pm - Booker Vineyard - Paso Robles
  • RTT #2: Tues Nov 12th, Cabernet Around the world - A blind tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon from regions across the globe.
  • RTT #3: Fri Dec 13th: TBD


More info on the first tasting
Round Table Tasting #1: Thurs Oct 24th, 7pm - Booker Vineyard - Paso Robles
Winery introduction:

"In 2000, Eric Jensen gave up a high-powered career as a broker and concert promoter in Southern California to farm grapes and make wine in rural Paso Robles. He obviously knew what he was doing: His wines are among the best in the region. Farmed biodynamically, Jensen’s 45 acres of vineyards are planted almost exclusively to Rhône varieties atop steep hillsides with limestone soil" -Wine Spectator

"One of the leaders of the Paso wine scene is undoubtedly Eric Jensen’s Booker Vineyard (Jensen formerly worked with Saxum & L'Aventure). Jensen and his wife Lisa purchased these 72 acres in 2001, with their wines released in 2005. Since then, the wines have evolved from uber rich and forward, to today where they’re more polished, complete and structured. In addition to his Rhône variety releases and blends, it’s worth pointing out the quality coming from his Cabernet Sauvignons as well. These are seriously good wines!" - Jeb Dunnuck

"Booker Vineyard’s Eric Jensen is dead serious when it comes to wine. Creating the estate in 2005 (they planted their vineyard in 2001), today he farms one of the greatest vineyards in the appellation and his wines consistently rank in the top two or three produced in a vintage. These are incredible wines that have another level of depth and texture over past vintages, yet don’t give an inch with regard to purity, precision or focus. The only drawback here is the wines are made in tiny quantities and are moved almost exclusively through his mailing list." - Wine Advocate


What we will taste:
2017 Booker Vineyard White 
The 2017 White is in the same ballpark and reminds me of a top Hermitage Blanc from Michel Chapoutier. Quince, honeysuckle, buttered citrus, marmalade, and white flower notes all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, yet beautifully balanced white that does everything right. It’s that perfect match of richness and freshness, not to mention awesome purity.

Rated 96/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2017 Booker Vineyard Ripper Grenache - $85.99
Leading off the barrel samples, the 2017 Ripper boasts a fresh, vibrant style (this wine always seems to put on weight over its élevage) as well as classic Grenache notes of kirsch, blackberries, ground herbs, and rose petals. It’s a beautiful, elegant, seamless Grenache in the making.
Rated 94-97/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2017 Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah - $93.99
The 2017 White is in the same ballpark and reminds me of a top Hermitage Blanc from Michel Chapoutier. Quince, honeysuckle, buttered citrus, marmalade, and white flower notes all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, yet beautifully balanced white that does everything right. It’s that perfect match of richness and freshness, not to mention awesome purity.
Rated 95-97/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2017 Booker Vineyard Oubile (CDP Blend)...$79.99
I loved the 2017 Oublie. This blend of 53% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre, 21% Syrah and the rest a mix of varieties offers a layered, silky, seamless profile. Giving up more black and blue fruits, peppery herbs, and floral overtones, it has silky tannins, medium to full body, and a great finish. It’s another beautiful wine.

Rated 94-97/100 Jeb Dunnuck


2017 Booker Vineyard Vertigo (Syrah Blend)...$79.99
Lastly, the 2017 Vertigo checks in as 63% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 4% Grenache, and the balance Petite Sirah that’s still aging in 65% new French oak. One of the more voluptuous, sexy 2017s from Jenson, it boasts loads of black and blue fruits, ground pepper, and spring flower aromas and flavors. Deep, full-bodied, ultra-pure, and with a big finish, it’s killer wine in the making.
Rated 96-98/100 Jeb Dunnuck


2017 My Favorite Neighbor Bordeaux Blend....$79.99
The 2017 My Favorite Neighbor is in the same ballpark and offers terrific notes of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, and cedary herbs. It’s a full-bodied, silky, impeccably balanced beauty that has just subtle background oak, a stacked mid-palate, and terrific purity of fruit.
Rated 94-97/100 Jeb Dunnuck


*All wines above will be available for purchase, light snacks provided

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