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2012 Cote du Clements

Appellation: Clements Hills

Vineyard: Bokides Ranch –The Vineyard lies within the Clement Hills AVA which is located within the SE corner of the Lodi appellation. Clements Hills is characterized by rolling hills that emerge out of the San Juaquin Valley to form the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Clements Hills is distinguished by having different soils (loam and clay on top of granite and volcanic) with less vigor and is generally warmer with cooler nights and more rainfall than the West side of Lodi. The vines are approximately 15 years old and trellised. Bokides Vineyards subscribes to the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing.

Vintage: 2012 was an excellent growing year in Lodi & Clement Hills. In general conditions were almost ideal with a mild spring producing good fruit set. This was followed by a fairly long, warm summer with no rain and only one heat spike in September. Combined with a dry October this allowed grapes to ripen more gradually resulting in excellent quality throughout the region. Overall grape yields were normal to somewhat larger than normal.

Composition: 34% Syrah, 33% Grenache and 33% Mourvedre

Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 1 ton open bins where it cold-soaked for about 48 hours before it underwent primary fermentation. The must was punched down by hand 2-3 times a day. The wine was aged, with minimal racking, in a mixture of mostly neutral French and American oak barrels for about 18 months.

Tasting Notes:Deep garnet in color, this wine exhibits fresh blueberries, blackberries and a bit of strawberry aromas with floral notes of jasmine, rounding out with some mushroom and hints of clove and spice. On the palate blueberry and blackberry flavors combine with moderate but soft tannins, a bit of earthiness and bright acidity to balance it out. Try with Mediterranean inspired dishes such as herb crusted lamb, chicken tagine, duck confit or with cheeses such as Camembert, Cantal, Comte or sheep milk cheeses.