Liz and Markus Bokisch gathered together wine club members recently for their Fall release of four delicious red wines. Bokisch Vineyards has focused on Spanish varietal wines from Lodi. This passion started with his family heritage and, while he grew up in California, he spent his summers in Spain with his family. In 1992 Markus and Liz moved to Spain to work in the Spanish wine industry in Riamat and the Penedes, both areas known for their high quality wines. Upon their return they started planting their vineyards with bud wood imported from Spain.
|Liz and Marcus Bokisch|
Bokisch Vineyards now produces nine award winning Spanish varietal wines including Albarino, Garnacha, Garnacha Blanc, Monastrell, Graciano, Tempranillo, Verdejo and Verdelho. The Fall Release included the 2013 vintage of Garnacha, Monastrell, Graciano and Tempranillo.
The 2013 Terra Alta Vineyard Garnacha is a very easy drinking wine but with the complexity and balance of a premium wine. In terms of aromas and flavors you will enjoy the red fruit qualities of strawberry, boysenberry and cranberry. It has a bit of a candied feel combined with nice acidity and evident, but enjoyable, tannins. According to Bokisch, “the flavors of cranberry cocktail and fresh strawberry daiquiri with a cherry vanilla quality is reminiscent of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream.” The price is $20 per bottle.
The 2013 Belle Colline Vineyard Monastrell (also known as Mourvedre in France) has a dark raspberry flavor with elements of figs and jam. This particular grape is known for its earthiness and forest floor qualities and it is very evident in this wine. This continues on to a nice long finish with delightful tannins. Bokisch likes to say that this wine even has a hint of buttermilk pancakes topped with cherry syrup. The price is $23.
The 2013 Tempranillo from Liberty Oaks and Las Cerezas Vineyards depicts the nice versatility that is famous for this grape. It is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano. It has a beautiful dark purple color with aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cola, and cranberry with some floral quality plus strength and balance that leads to a long finish. The price is $23.
The 2013 Graciano from Las Cerezas and Terra Alta Vineyards is 100% Graciano. This is a grape that you rarely find in a 100% varietal wine in Spain, but has developed a large following here in the United States and mostly because of Markus Bokisch, not only for his own wine but for wines from several other California wineries who utilized fruit from his vineyards. It has both a floral quality and strong but approachable tannins tied in with aromas and fruits of blackberry jam, mint, licorice and dark fruit. The price is $23 per bottle.
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