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Bokisch Vineyards Graciano Lodi 2007

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This richly extractive wine is an excellent example of Graciano. Graciano is virtually unknown in California yet plays an important role in the Rioja region by adding complex flavor components and structure to the traditional blends. If Tempranillo is considered the heart of the Rioja, then Graciano is definitely the soul! It is fruity, robust and full-bodied in the mouth. We believe this may be the first and only bottling of Graciano in the United States! Its bold character pairs wonderfully with hearty meals and Spanish dishes such as wild game, chorizo and Iberian cured ham.

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What does the name “Bokisch” have to do with Spain? Markus Bokisch has a love for Spanish wines because of his family heritage. His mother is from Spain and his father was from Germany. They met in Paris and fell in love…learning French very rapidly! Although Markus was raised in California, he and his brother spent every childhood summer in Spain with their relatives. In ... Read more
What does the name “Bokisch” have to do with Spain? Markus Bokisch has a love for Spanish wines because of his family heritage. His mother is from Spain and his father was from Germany. They met in Paris and fell in love…learning French very rapidly! Although Markus was raised in California, he and his brother spent every childhood summer in Spain with their relatives. In the Spanish tradition they were given wine with water at meals. As they grew older each year the wine & water started turning from a light pink to a deep purple as they reached adulthood. Little did Markus know, his tastebuds from then on were programmed towards Spanish wines. It's not surprising that he pursued a degree in plant pathology and from there began specializing in viticulture. After spending several years at Joseph Phelps Vineyards specializing in Rhone Varieties, he and his wife, Liz, moved to Spain where he worked in the Spanish wine industry. Upon their return, they purchased their property in the Lodi area and planted their first vineyard. Thus began Bokisch Ranches, LLC. The Secret of Lodi When Markus and Liz moved from the quaint haven of Yountville in the heart of the Napa Valley to start their dream in Lodi many asked why. It's a question they get asked often from many people, except anyone from Lodi who already knows the secret! First of all, Markus has a soft spot for places that remind him of Spain. His many drives through the Delta to Lodi reminded him of the Delta del Ebro in Spain where his family lives. When he found the property in the Clements Hills east of Lodi and showed it to Liz, she loved it because it reminded her of her family land in Placer County with rolling hills and oak trees. Lodi also has the small town feeling that reminds both of them of their hometowns … “Where everybody knows your name.” Besides being an excellent climate for grape growing (due to the cooling delta breezes in the summer afternoons), it's a wonderful community to raise a family. Thus decided, they moved to Lodi with their two sons and planted their first Syrah Vineyard. Read less

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Vintage: 2011 02/15/2009

Night OneA rich earthy smell first out of the bottle changes slowly to more fruit and spice after an hour or so in the glass. Red cherries and wild strawberries, asian spices and a touch of vanilla all overlay faint earth and mild mushrooms.Curiously, red fruit on the nose turns to darker fruit on the palate, blackberries and blackcurrants along with unsweetened cranberries. The darker fruit fades on the mid-palate as a bit of underlying earth joins the tart, even slightly bitter, cranberries. It all leads to a mid-length richly tannic finish.Very nice on Night One. Will it get better, or fall off, tomorrow?Night TwoFruits are darker and softer on Night Two. The cherries have gone from bright Bing cherries to riper black cherries. The tart strawberries are gone, replaced by sweet blueberries and mulberries. The spice is mostly gone, too. The vanilla still lingers.Most of the balance is gone, leaving a vanilla-loaded wooden fruit bomb, adding cloying brown sugar in the mid-palate and an overall sense of over-worked sweetness.This was a very nice bottle of wine on Night One, and a big disappointment on Night Two. Does that mean it's bad? No, not at all. It means it is a good bottle of wine made to drink fresh, not to decant for hours or cellar for years.


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Vintage: 2011 09/15/2009

This richly extractive wine is an excellent example of Graciano's versatility. It is inky and dark with robust aromas of black cherry, spice and a hint of anise. Powerful flavors of a warm basket of ripe berries with an underlying earthy richness give way to unbelievably smooth tannins and a lingering finish. Luxuriously full bodied in the mouth, it is balanced by good acidity. This wine will continue to age nicely for 2-4 years.


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Vintage: 2011 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThis richly extractive wine is an excellent example of Graciano. Graciano is virtually unknown in California yet plays an important role in the Rioja region by adding complex flavor components and structure to the traditional blends. If Tempranillo is considered the heart of the Rioja, then Graciano is definitely the soul! It is fruity, robust and full-bodied in the mouth. We believe this may be the first and only bottling of Graciano in the United States! Its bold character pairs wonderfully with hearty meals and Spanish dishes such as wild game, chorizo and Iberian cured ham.


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Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

Markus Bokisch and his brother spent their childhood summers in their mom’s native Spain. There he was exposed to the European customs and culture that included watered down wine for the kids, and long, leisurely meals with friends and family. As an adult Bokisch studied plant pathology and viticulture, worked in California at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, and then moved to a Spain to work in the industry there. He and his wife Liz returned to the states and purchased land of their own in the Clements Hills section of Lodi, which is now planted exclusively to Spanish varietals, including Albariño, Garnacha, the state’s only Graciano, and this Tempranillo. All grapes are grown organically. Starbright and moderately saturated ruby with flecks of violet, the wine has bold aromas of wet earth, tar, and earth followed by a more delicate perfume of black cherry, cinnamon and cedar. A rich core of cherry fruit is complemented by underlying notes of earth, cola, and mocha. The wine is full, robust, and slightly chewy, not unlike the character one would find in a Tempranillo from Spain’s Ribera del Duero appellation. The greatest difference is that in this case, the oak is much more subtle.



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This richly extractive wine is an excellent example of Graciano. Graciano is virtually unknown in California yet plays an important role in the Rioja region by adding complex flavor components and structure to the traditional blends. If Tempranillo is considered the heart of the Rioja, then Graciano is definitely the soul! It is fruity, robust and full-bodied in the mouth. We believe this may be the first and only bottling of Graciano in the United States! Its bold character pairs wonderfully with hearty meals and Spanish dishes such as wild game, chorizo and Iberian cured ham.

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