Grape(s): 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 23% Merlot, 22%% Malbec
Localization: Columbia Valley, Washington State, USA
Tasting Notes: Notebook Red wine is crafted to be approachable and easy to drink. The NV15 is smooth, juicy, with well-structured tannins that give this wine body and weight. Ruby translucent red in color, this wine gives off aromas and flavors of cherry, plum, spice, and soft vanilla. Because we have blended multiple vintages and grape varieties to make this wine, it is far from one noted as it finishes with a touch of savory notes. They can say with confidence that this wine is one of the best values that Washington State has to offer.
Notes: The number preceding the NV indicates how many Notebook blends have been produced. For over 35 years they have been crafting wines that are more compelling and interesting than single vintage and varietal wines by employing the centuries-old practice of blending wine lots from multiple vintages (Vertical Blending) with multiple grape varieties (Horizontal Blending). Each lot of wine is carefully selected each year for the Notebook Red Blend based upon the mature flavors of the older vintages and the vibrant fruit characteristics of the younger vintages. The result is a wine that offers, fruit, structure, approachability, and exceptional value.
Food pairing: We recommend serving this wine with burgers, pizza, and weeknight family meals.
The Domain: Today, they buy over half Conner Lee’s produce and bottle these wines in their top selections. It is a special 150-acre vineyard in a cool site in central Washington growing fruit for over ten of Washington’s best wineries. They harvest the oldest 1987, 1988, and 1991 blocks of cabernet sauvignon and 1992 merlot, along with cabernet franc, syrah, malbec, and chardonnays all of the various chosen clones.
Jerry Bookwalter with Tom Thorsen and David Ayala built and grew daily over the last 25 years the many blocks we harvest with guidance from John Bookwalter and his leading international consultants Zelma Long and Claude Gros. Together now with Caleb Foster as winemaker, who has produced Conner Lee wines since 1992, the shared depth of understanding of the vineyard shines through the Bookwalter portfolio produced with Conner Lee fruit.