Booker 2016 My Favorite Neighbor Paso Robles Red Wine
The last five Wine Advocate scores have a cumulative average 97 points.
95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck
"Still in barrel, the Cabernet Sauvignon dominated 2016 My Favorite Neighbor offers smokin’ notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, licorice, smoke tobacco, and hints of violets. With full-bodied r still fresh, chalky, moderately tannic, elegant and lengthy red.
One of the leaders of the Paso wine scene is undoubtedly Eric Jensen’s Booker Vineyard 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 are more polished, complete and structured. Looking at the 2015s, which Jensen compared to his 2010 and 2013s, they show the more elegant style of the vintage, yet pack plenty of fruit and texture. The 2016s are certainly bigger wines, yet have plenty of tannin and a focused style on the palate, which I suspect will benefit from short term cellaring. In addition to their Rhône variety releases and blends, it is worth pointing out the quality coming from the Cabernet Sauvignons as well. These are seriously good wines!
My Favorite Neighbor is a direct reference to the talented Stefan Asseo of L’Aventure wines. Stefan proved a great mentor when Eric was introduced to the Paso wine industry and their vineyard happened to share a small border with L’Aventure’s estate. “My Favorite Neighbor” will always be a Syrah and Bordeaux blend and will always be a tribute to their favorite French neighbor.
Blend: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 11% Petit Verdot
Sugar: 0.03g/100ml (bone dry),
Malic 0.04 g/l (bone dry),
There are new labels of faces on the 2016 vintage of My Favorite Neighbor. Photography was done by Greg Gorman.