Quick Sip: Borra Vineyards 2013 Artist Series Nuvola

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Borra Vineyards 2013 Artist Series Nuvola. Borra Vineyards was founded by Steve Borra in 1975 and is Lodi’s first bonded boutique winery. They have 234 acres of estate vineyards and operate under the helm of winemaker Markus Niggli – a native of Switzerland that seeks to highlight Lodi's brighter side through his wines. The Nuvola is 100% Gewürztraminer and is made in a dry style. The fruit was sourced from Mokelumne Glen Vineyards and grown along the banks of the cooling Mokelumne River. Mokelumne Glen Vineyards specializes in German varieties and Borra Vineyards acquires lesser known German varieties such as Kerner and Bacchus from them along with better known grapes like Riesling – none of which would you expect to find planted in Lodi, California. Markus employs a non-interventionist approach to winemaking and is crafting some of the most interesting, pleasing, and exceptionally bright, white wines I have tasted from Lodi. I recommend visiting their website and getting to know them and their wines a little better. For further information and where you can find this Gewürztraminer, please see my tasting notes below.

Borra Vineyards 2013 Artist Series Nuvola
Review: Borra Vineyards 2013 Artist Series Nuvola (SRP $19): Nuvola, Italian for cloud, is 100% Gewürztraminer made in a dry style. The wine presents reticent notes of citrus blossom, bruised apple, and honeysuckle on the nose, alongside a hint of almond and a musky spice component. The aromas continue through the light-to-medium bodied palate, led by lemon and lime zest with an underlying backbone of minerality, keen acidity, and a refreshingly crisp finish. Overall, this is a delightful summertime/anytime wine that's a perfect accompaniment to a wide variety of foods and occasions. It doesn’t reach out and grab your attention with Gewürztraminer’s unmistakable and unsubtle tell-tale characteristics; but it’s well put together, bright from start to finish, moderately complex, and delicious. Approximately 71 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Lodi, California. (Other info: ABV 13.6%, Mokelumne Glen Vineyards, cork enclosure). 88 Points. Click here to find this wine.

“New wines boldly turn pre-conceived notion about Lodi on its head.” ~ Borra Vineyards
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