2010 Mourvedre

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: 2010 was an excellent growing year in Lodi & Clement Hills. It was an unusually cool summer that allowed for optimal ripening of flavor components. The more temperate, evenly distributed Delta climate may have produced an excellent, quite possibly the “best vintage” in recent memory according to the local growers in the region, while others said “the best vintage in decades”. Either way, 2010 was an exceptional year in the Clements Hills appellation.

Composition: 100 % Mourvedre

Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, gently crushed and fermented in one ton containers. After pressing, each individual wine varietal was transferred to a mixture of neutral American and French oak barrels. The wine was blended just prior to bottling in April 2013.

Tasting Notes: Medium garnet in color, this wine exhibits aromas of blackberries and dark cherries along mushrooms, spice and a hint of leather and chocolate. On the palate blackberries, plums and currants combine with moderate tannins, a bit of earthiness and gaminess along with bright acidity balance it out. Try with Mediterranean inspired dishes using grilled and roasted meats, hearty stews, chile, duck, mushrooms or root vegetables. For cheeses try with smoked gouda, truffled cheeses, cheddars or semi-soft ripened cheeses.