Today’s Quick Sip is the Bokisch Vineyards Terra Alta Vineyard 2012 Albariño. I was initially introduced to this producer by way of a tasting event put on by Lodi Wine (aka LoCA). Shortly thereafter, I sought out some more of this Albariño. The Lodi appellation (Central Valley of California) is largely known for red wine production with Zinfandel topping the charts. Outside of Zinfandel, the diversity of the area supports the production of over 75 grape varieties. Some areas in Lodi benefit from fairly wide diurnal temperature swings. The warm and sun-filled days in these areas allow the grapes to develop ripe and full flavors, while the cooler nights provide balance and permit the berries to retain their natural acidity. Thus, in addition to the diversity of wine grapes, there’s also diversity of wine styles. And this brings me to the Bokisch Vineyards’ Terra Alta Vineyard Albariño.
Having a Splash of Bokisch '12 Albariño
Bokisch Vineyards is owned by Markus and Liz Bokisch and specializes in the production of Spanish varietal wines including, but not limited to, Graciano, Monastrell, Garnacha and Tempranillo. The winery’s focus is largely influenced by Markus Bokisch’s love of Spanish wines and family heritage -- his mother is from Spain. Please see my tasting note on the Albariño accompanied by a picture I snapped of the bottle below.
Bokisch Vineyards 2012 Albariño
Review: Bokisch Vineyards’ Terra Alta Vineyard 2012 Albariño (SRP $18): This is a fresh and lively wine notable for its bright apricot, white peach, and citrus blossom aromas and flavors coupled with bracing acidity and a medium-length, clean and pleasing finish. Slender in body, vibrant in character, this racy wine is a perfect companion to seafood -- particularly shellfish and lean white fish. The producer hit the nail on the head suggesting that a bottle be paired with “Your 5 o’clock kick start to the evening.” Approximately 685 cases of this wine were produced. (Other info: 95% Albariño and 5% Verdelho, 100% stainless, certified organic, ABV 12.5%, cork enclosure.) 88 Points. Click here to find this wine.
Try a Bottle with Oysters!
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