75% Tempranillo and 25% Graciano from Lodi, California.
SRP of $21 and available for as low as $17. Sample received courtesy the winemaker and TAPAS Society for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Our Catalan roots have fueled our dream for producing Spanish varietal wines from our own vineyards. Like its Iberian counterpart in the Ribera Del Duero, this wine displays luscious aromas of strawberry, cherry, cassis and hints of cocoa, tobacco and spice.Today we're reviewing a bit of a rarity, an American Tempranillo. This grape is widely used in Spain and it's gaining popularity here in the U.S. as well. We previously reviewed another American Tempranillo, the 2008 St. Amant Amador County Tempranillo and found that it competed quite nicely with it's international brothers. Let's find out if today's wine fares as well.
Production: 390 cases
The 2008 Bokisch Vineyards Tempranillo begins with aromas of blackberry, raspberry and a little spice and pepper. Tasting the wine shows lots of smooth dark fruit followed by some great tannins, nicely integrated spice and a finish that just keeps going. Some lingering caramel and cocoa notes close this one out. This wine can definitely hang with the Spaniards. Impressive!
Also check out these reviews of other American grown Tenmpranillo:
- The Abacela Estate Tempranillo from Umpqua Valley, Oregon: A Myriad of Multi-Dimensional Flavors.
- The Longoria Clover Creek Vineyard Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, California: America The Beautiful (Saturday Splurge)
- The St. Amant Amador County Tempranillo from Amador County, California: Made In The U.S.A.
- The Curran Tempranillo from Santa Ynez Valley, California: A Decadently Delicious Saturday Splurge
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Taste Rating: 9 Cost Rating: 4
Overall Rating: 7.8
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