J Bookwalter 2011 Antagonist Syrah

J Bookwalter's 2011 Antagonist Syrah from Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA
J Bookwalter’s 2011 Antagonist Syrah from Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA

In a few weeks I will take my finals for winter quarter and delve into a novel or something non-textbook with great joy.  I love to read, my taste in fiction is as varied as my taste in wine, easy to please, but expect excellence in execution.  Gifted with a surname that lends itself to the puns that name the wines, J. Bookwalter chose to present his Syrah as ‘Antagonist’ – the evil villain; I must be a sucker for a Bad Boy ’cause this wine leaves me weak in the knees and wanting more.

J Bookwalter 2011 Antagonist Syrah: dark ruby, coco, cherry and vanilla - reads perfectly.
J Bookwalter 2011 Antagonist Syrah: dark ruby, coco, cherry and vanilla – reads perfectly.

Ruby red with a deep, dark heart and a medium body there is a burly bit of oak on the nose: vanilla, spices and a hint of floral with cocoa and pie cherries on the palate, a balancing act of sweet and tart with the perfect amount of tannin holding it all together.  My thinking is this bad guy keeps up appearances, but is a teddy bear at heart.

When we went to this winery, before school started last September, we had a fantastic tasting room associate pour for us.  He worked there as a cellar rat, so he knew the answers to many of my questions.  We didn’t have time to spend in the bistro, but he poured virtually all of their line up for us.  I would have enjoyed bringing home more of the wines, but we have limited space to store what we bring home… less is more here.

As with a great read, this is a wine that leaves you somewhat lost at the end-not quite ready to face life without it.  

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