2013 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: 2013 was another excellent growing year in Lodi & Clement Hills. In general conditions were almost ideal. While spring conditions were warm, summer saw relatively moderate temperatures creating conditions for great quality wines. 2013 was also an abundant year for Lodi vineyards with fairly large yields across most varieties.

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: Medium/dark garnet in color, this wine exhibits fresh blackberries, black cherries and a bit of raspberry aromas along with floral notes of violets and rounding out with some licorice, mushrooms and hints of clove and cinnamon. On the palate black cherry and blackberry flavors combine with moderate tannins, a bit of earthiness and good acidity to balance it out. A versatile food wine, try with Mediterranean inspired dishes such as herb crusted lamb or pork, chicken tagine, duck confit or with cheeses such as Camembert, Cantal, Comte or sheep milk cheeses.