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Bookwalter Winery

Bookwalter Winery The Bookwalter family began tilling the soils of Europe well before the first generation stepped foot in the United States at the beginning of the 18th century. The name Bookwalter, descended from Bouch-Walder, is Swiss Mennonite and means "Tender of Beechwood Forests". Frantz Bouch-Walder, the first generation to move to America came from Canton Jura, Switzerland, in 1709 and first purchased farm land in Pennsylvania known as "The Manavon Tract" from David Lloyd the first justice in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Bookwalter family slowly migrated west spending many generations in the Midwest in and around Illinois and Nebraska always staying closely woven into the fabric of agriculture. Robert Bookwalter was the first generation to move to the west coast in the late 1920's and established his family and farming roots just outside of Modesto, California. Jerrold Bookwalter, the son of Robert Bookwalter, graduated from UC Davis in 1963 with a dual degree in Agriculture Economics and Pomology (the study of fruits and nuts) and quickly employed his degree and farming experience in San Jose, California. After managing large corporate farms in the San Joaquin Valley and owning his own farm in Atwater, California, Jerry was presented with the opportunity to manage the largest Vinifera planting of grapes in Washington State at Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards in early 1976. Jerry successfully managed Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards until 1982 when he resigned to start his own agricultural management company and grape brokering business. Having worked with many of the pioneering winemakers from Washington as well as closely interacting with winemakers in California, Oregon and British Columbia, Jerry teamed up with a veteran Northwest winemaker to produce his first wines; Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc & Johannisberg Riesling in 1983. By 1984, Jerry began production of the red wines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. By 1985, the winery was in need of an operations manager and Jerry's wife, Jean, took over the operations of the business. Jean's business skills and Jerry's innovation, winemaking and vineyard management skills kept the winery operating during the challenging early years in the Washington Wine Industry.

Directions
From Seattle and points West: East on I-82 to Exit 102, interchange for I-182. East on I-182 to Exit 3, Queensgate Road. Right on Queensgate to Columbia Park Trail. Left on Columbia Park Trail, and immediate left into Windmill Road. Right on Tulip Lane to Bookwalter Winery. From Spokane and points North and East: South on Highway 395 to I-182. West on I-182 to Exit 3a, Queensgate South. Take Queensgate to Columbia Park Trail. Left on Columbia Park Trail, and immediate left into Windmill Road. Right on Tulip Lane to Bookwalter Winery. From Portland and points South: West on I-82 to Highway 395, Exit 113. North on Highway 395 over Blue Bridge to I-182 West. West on I-182 to Exit 3a, Queensgate South. Take Queensgate to Columbia Park Trail. Left on Columbia Park Trail, and immediate left into Windmill Road. Right on Tulip Lane to Bookwalter Winery.


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894 Tulip Lane, Richland, WA, US, 99352 Email: info@bookwalterwines.com
Phone: 877-667-8300 Web: www.bookwalterwines.com
Fax: 509-627-5010
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  • Columbia Valley Gewurztraminer
The 2003 vintage was one of the warmest vintages in the last 10 years in Washington with hot weather lasting throughout the entire month of September. The last weeks of October finally brought arctic weather but not until all the grapes were ripened to their optimal potential. Cool sites for white wines were a prerequisite to retain delicate fruit flavors and reasonable acid levels.
  • Meritage, Chapter One
The 2002 vintage was yet another vintage in which Washington experienced extraordinary growing conditions throughout the entire season. Warm, dry days coupled with cool nights during the summer followed by our fifth consecutive Indian summer allowed for extended hang time and symmetrical ripening of the fruit. The wines from this vintage are filled with big, opulent fruit, accented by forward, mouth filling tannins from the warmer than usual growing season. Wines from the 2002 vintage will benefit form near term cellaring and will certainly age gracefully for many years to come.
  Chardonnay-Viognier
The 2004 vintage was yet again another classic warm vintage with sustained sunshine and heat until early September. For the first time since 1997, early September brought cool weather and rains for nearly two full weeks that postponed harvest and allowed for additional hang time for the delicate white wines. Early concern about quality due to the winter freeze, spring rains and uneven bud break were quickly dismissed as the season progressed and the fruit evenly ripened and matured in typical Washington fashion. The 2004 white wines are again delicate, fruit forward and intensely varietal in nature.
  Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is more reminiscent of our outstanding 2001 vintage in terms of its refinement, femininity and elegance. Aromatically the wine shows a sweet, toasty spiciness, saturated in graphite and red fruits. On the palate, the wine enters with sweet red and black cherries, shows medium weight in the mid-palate coupled with hints of candied cassis, leather, tobacco and allspice. The wine has a long finish with firm tannins that will easily resolve themselves in the years to come allowing for mid to long term enjoyment. Best 2008 - 2015
  Columbia Valley Chenin Blanc
The 2003 vintage was one of the warmest vintages in the last 10 years with hot weather lasting throughout the entire month of September. The last weeks of October finally brought arctic weather but not until all the grapes were ripened to their optimal potential. Cool sites for white wines were a prerequisite to retain delicate fruit flavors and reasonable acidity in the wines
  Columbia Valley Gewurztraminer
The 2004 vintage was yet again another classic warm vintage with sustained sunshine and heat until early September. For the first time since 1997, early September brought cool weather and rains for nearly two full weeks that postponed harvest and allowed for additional hang time for the delicate white wines. Early concern about quality due to the winter freeze, spring rains and uneven bud break were quickly dismissed as the season progressed and the fruit evenly ripened and matured in typical Washington fashion. The 2004 white wines are again delicate, fruit forward and intensely varietal in nature.
  Columbia Valley Merlot
Like all of our wines, our 2004 Merlot is aged exclusively in hand selected, small French oak barrels that are meticulously chosen for their richness and suitability for a particular variety of wine. Our 2004 Merlot blend was aged for 15 months in Francois Freres, Treuil and Radoux barrels that beautifully framed in the Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot fruit from this vintage. The final blend displays spicy vanilla, chocolate, espresso and candied cherries on the nose followed by concentrated flavors of sweet black cherries, black currants, cassis and cocoa all wrapped with a hint of earthiness on the palate. The wine is viscous and the tannins are sweet, lush and linger on the palate for nearly one full minute.
  Columbia Valley Riesling
Our 2005 Riesling continues the Bookwalter tradition of producing a flavorful, intense yet quaffable wine that pleases the palate. Our highly aromatic, off-dry style exhibits fresh white peach, zesty citrus and ripe pear flavors followed by a flinty, racy acidity that balances gracefully against the fruit sweetness of the wine.
  Lot No 20 Columbia Valley Red Wine
This wine, our 20th multi-vintage blend in 22 years is aged exclusively in small, carefully selected French oak barrels. The blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 26% Syrah and 2% Petit Verdot exhibits rich, concentrated flavors of sweet cherries, black currants, plums and exotic spices followed by a long, lingering finish. Best now through 2012.
  MV • Columbia Valley Lot No. 18
This unique multi-vintage wine is a blend from the outstanding vintages of 2003 (81%), 2002 (17%) and 2001 (2%). The lot number indicates in sequential order how many multi-vintage blends our winery has produced since 1983.
  Stillwater Creek Chardonnay-Viognier
By blending 10% more Viognier into this year’s wine, this 100% stainless fermented, dry white wine expresses more vibrant aromas of grapefruits and gooseberries wrapped with a hint of grassiness. Flavors of ripe citrus, sweet pears and honeydew melons are followed by a crisp, refreshing finish. Enjoy now through 2009.
  Zillah Bluffs Gewurztraminer
Slightly drier with noticeably more acidity and litheness on the palate than our 2004 Gewurztraminer, this 100% stainless fermented, off-dry wine offers subtle aromas of vanilla beans, rose petals and orange blossoms. Flavors of ripe pears, figs, sweet melons and nutmeg are followed by a crisp, refreshing finish. Enjoy now through 2009.

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