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My Favorite Neighbor Wines and tasting

Thursday, 21 September 2023 08:36
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The Story:
Eric Jensen is the Farmer-Winemaker at Booker Vineyard. Named 2022 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year, he is well know for championing the Paso Robles AVA, it's wines, people and community. The Booker Vineyard wines have been recognized with the highest of accolades from all publications and industry notables. In addition, he is a founding supporter of the Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides academic opportunities to children of vineyard and winery works. Booker Vineyard obtained organic certification in 2021 and Eric is carrying that mission to all his family of wines. Booker Wines have achieved cult-status and are highly sought after and allocated. There will be a limited amount of a surprise pour of one of the newly relased Booker wines as well as the line up from his other two projects, My Favorite Neighbor and Harvey and Harriet.
My Favorite Neighbor Wines were created to honor Eric's mentor and friend, Stephan Asseo of L'Aventure Winery. Stephan was instrumental in Eric's journey as a wine maker and the My Favorite Neighbor Wines pay hommage to Stephan's Bordeaux roots.It should also be noted that Stephan gave himself the title of Eric's "favorite neighbor" and introduces himself as such.
The wines are meant to be shared with friends and family, wherever life might find you. Harvested from Paso Robles vineyards that hold true to Eric and Stephan's commitment to responsible farming practices and community support. The Cabernet is a gorgeous culmination of black cherry, cassis and warm spice with well-integrated tannins. The Chardonnay is a complex representation of the region, notes of Meyer lemon, nutmeg, Asian pear and a long mineral finish. Both wines are perfect for the sharing with company during upcoming season, special occasions and an everyday treat for these busy times.
My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet 2020- 95 pts Robert Parker/WA, 94pts James Suckling
My Favorite Neighbor Chardonnay 2021- 97pts WA, 93pts James Suckling
Harvey and Harriet Wines are the eponymous labels created for Eric's parents. As the Booker Vineyard wines garnered ever higher ratings and commanded commensurate price points, Eric's salt of the earth parents felt like they could not afford the wines (although I am sure he would have just given it to them!). So Eric developed two Bordeaux inspired blends that are sourced from his favorite vineyard sites and barrels but are at a price point that his parents were more comfortable with. Thoughtful, delicious, cult-style wine that can land on everyone's dinner table.
The Red is a blend that is crafted for ultimate drinkability with attention to the specific nature that Paso Robles lends to the wine. Bold with bramble fruit, baking spices and savory elements, sure to be a crowd pleaser and a go-to selection. The White is a fun, unique blend with unexpected notes of tangerine, honeydew and nutmeg cream with a refreshing acidity. It will pair well with many fall/winter dishes but is sublime for a glass all on its own.
Harvey and Harriet Red 2020- 93pts James Suckling, 91pts Robert Parker/WA
Harvey and Harriet White 2021- 95pts Robert Parker/WA
Each of these wines have consistently achieved top ratings and accolades from the industry's top critics.