J. Bookwalter "Antagonist" Washington Syrah 2-Pack

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2012 "Antagonist" Syrah, Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA 750ml 2-Pack

The 2012 Antagonist is a very concentrated wine that will deserve to see the inside of a cellar for several years. The wine's aromatics are a veritable bowl of dark and blue fruits leading with black cherries and black berries falling into plums and quince paste.  Secondary aromatics of smoke and cola are accompanied by hints of wet stone, sandalwood and sweet spices. The fruit profile is nearly identical on the palate as it is aromatically with sweet dark fruits taking center stage.

Secondary and tertiary flavors run the spectrum of anise, red currants, clove and toasted bread. The wine has a generous amount of weight and volume, has a broad mid palate and finishes with layers of sweet, lush, fined grain tannins. Cellar 8–12 years.


Winery Retail Price: $90.00
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Vintage: The stars were aligned and something pretty special happened in 2012. After two decidedly challenging vintages in 2010 and 2011, Mother Nature herself dressed up in her Sunday best and showed us all she had during the growing season of 2012. A slightly cool spring blossomed into one of most even growing seasons we have experienced in Eastern Washington in decades. Heat spikes even during the warmest of summer months were very manageable.

The fall brought near perfect conditions of warm sunny days coupled with our signature crisp, cool evenings. With little to no frost present until well into November, extended hang times were possible where merited. Overall, balance is the calling card for the 2012 vintage in both red and white varieties.

Winemaking: All the grapes were hand harvested at optimal maturity and hand sorted over a conveyor belt before de-stemming and then post sorted over a shaker table to remove all debris other than grapes. The grapes were only de-stemmed and gently moved to our red wine fermentors with a high percentage of whole berries. All the wine lots were cold soaked in open and closed top fermentors for four to five days prior to fermentation. Once inoculated with three types of yeast, the wine was allowed to ferment at a peak temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Daily punch downs coupled with aerative pumpovers precipitated gentle extraction.

After approximately 5–7 days of fermentation, the wines were gently pressed between 2 and 5 Brix. All the free run and press wines were separated and aged independently from one another. Primary and malolactic fermentations were completed in new and used French oak barrels. During the barrel aging process, the wine lees were stirred weekly for the first three months in addition to topping the barrels once to twice per week throughout the entire aging cycle of the wine.

  • Appellation/Vineyards: Yakima Valley 95%, Elephant Mountain 95%, Columbia Valley 5%, Conner Lee 5%
  • Final Blend: 100% Joseph Phelps Syrah
  • Aging: Aged for 16 months in new and used thick stave large and small format French oak barrels.
  • Production: 395 12-bottle cases/750mL, 27 6-bottle cases/1.5L
  • Bottled Spring 2014
  • pH: 3.91
  • TA: .56
  • Alcohol: 15.7%

Winery Details

J. Bookwalter Wines

John Bookwalter
Washington State

Founded by legendary grape grower Jerry Bookwalter in 1983, Bookwalter Winery has a long, rich history of producing exceptional wines from some of Washington States finest vineyards.   The Winery is owned and operated by second generation winemaker John Bookwalter.  John and his consultant winemaker, Claude Gros, focus their efforts on high quality small production red wines.

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