Appellation: Clement 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 unofficially 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: 100% Grenache
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 garnet in color, this wine exhibits
fresh strawberry, cherry and raspberry aromas with floral
notes of jasmine and hints of clove and pepper. On the
palate strawberry, cherry and raspberry flavors combine
with moderate but soft tannins, a bit of earthiness and a
bit of 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 such as Ossau-Iraty.