OUR WINES

The winery at Borra Vineyards was founded with the intention of making wines that distinctly reflect the true potential of the Lodi wine appellation.

To achieve our goal we employ the most progressive viticultural practices, harvest at peak maturity, and practice traditional winemaking techniques. Borra wines reflect our commitment to quality and value. We are proud to introduce them to you.


Special note to our La Dolce Vita Club members: Since our Web site does not yet allow you to take advantage of your club discount, if you’d like to order wine, please call us at 209-368-2446 to place your order.

Current Releases

Borra Vineyards Fusion White

Borra Vineyards: White Fusion Label

FUSION White 2013

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary White Blend
90% Viognier, 10% Gewürztraminer

We don’t make a Sauvignon Blanc, but we bet even wine connoisseurs would guess that’s what this fusion of our Rhône Viognier with a healthy dash of German Gewürztraminer is. Somehow those two varietals create distinctive flavors of lemongrass leading one to think this is from cool New Zealand, rather than Lodi. Complexifying things are tangy citrus notes of limes, some cantaloupe, wet stones and some saltiness on the finish, making you feel more like you took a bite of some delicious culinary creation, rather than a drink of wine. In fact, we happened to have a plate of crispy French fries nearby, dipped them in a smidgeon of Dijon mustard, and – wow – for almost zero cost we had a fantastic pairing. Or you could show off with Scallops a la Coquilles St. Jacques. 220 cases produced. (05/01/2014)

Regular Price: $16.99

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Borra Vineyards Fusion Red
Borra Vineyards Fusion label
FUSION Red 2011

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary Red Blend
60% Syrah, 20% Petite Sirah, 17% Zinfandel, 3% Alicante Bouschet

Our favorite crowd-pleaser is a delicious, complex fusion of Lodi’s best winegrape varietals. The very cool 2011 vintage brought out a rich and creamy Haagen-Dazs strawberry flavor that nicely enhances the cherries we normally taste in this full-bodied and balanced blend. You’ll notice smooth, almost chalky tannins on the roof of your mouth moving to a lingering tartness, as if from a yoghurt, that combines with cola for a long finish. Take a whiff and deep notes of cherry, cloves, dark chocolate and forest floor will echo most of the flavors. If you’re adventurous, you’ll try a roasted duck drizzled with a beef-cherry reduction sauce, or go for an easy smoked ham. 592 cases produced. (11/09/2013)

Regular Price: $18.99

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Borra Vineyards Crealto
Borra Vineyards Crealto label
Artist Series Crealto 2012

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary White German Sweet Dessert Wine
Rieslaner, Gewürztraminer and grapes from mystery vines

Our first dessert wine is a team effort by winemakers Markus Niggli and Mokelumne Glen’s Brett Koth. In a departure from standard white-wine winemaking, Rieslaner, Gewürztraminer and grapes from mystery vines all soak on their skins for three days before a 10-day cold fermentation, resulting in loads of peaches and pears in this straw-colored, concentrated, syrup-like nectar. The low 11.4% alcohol makes this mouth-enveloping blend very easy to drink, and what comes across as some fig and a gentle squeeze of orange juice rounds out the complexity and keeps the wine balanced, not cloyingly sweet. Don’t miss inhaling delicate aromas of honeyed yellow peaches with lingering orange blossom and vineyard dust. If you’re hungry, go for a chunk of smoked salmon with capers for a surprisingly super wine interplay. 60 cases produced. (11/05/2013)

Read much more on our blog “Crossing over to the Sweet Side.”

Regular Price: $25.00 for 375 mL

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Borra Vineyards Kerner

Borra Vineyards Kerner label

Artist Series Kerner-Based Blend 2013

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary White German Varietal Blend
50% Kerner, 25% Riesling, 25% Bacchus

“Borra now produces the most ‘contemporary’ style wines grown in Lodi today, period.” – Randy Caparoso in his blog

Our winemaker, Markus Niggli, nicknamed this Kerner-based blend “Vinho Verde” after the popular Portuguese style of bottling wine so quickly after crush that not all the natural carbonation has dissipated. This is a no-holds-barred intense shot of pure lime and gorgeous kiwi fruit layered in minerality that is incredibly refreshing. And that carbonation brings a sizzling spritziness that will make your mouth water for Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp, Chicken Cordon Bleu, or a decadent Triple Cream Cheese. The lively limes will keep dancing on your tongue for the better part of an hour – no kidding! (Steve Borra calls it “Zipcode” because the label secretly contains the postal code for Markus’s hometown in Switzerland.) 42 cases produced. (03/08/2014)

Read much more on our blog “The Most Contemporary Collaboration.”

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Borra Vineyards Nuvola

Borra Vineyards Nuvola label

Artist Series Nuvola 2013

Lodi Appellation
100% Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer in the U.S. has had a reputation for being cloyingly sweet. So you’ll be pleasantly surprised by winemaker Markus Niggli’s dry take on this German classic, and even more surprised to learn that this is 100% pure warm-climate Lodi fruit. Taking you right to the cutting edge of what’s being poured in the hottest restaurants, Nuvola – Italian for “cloud” – serves up signature flavors of lychee, but with a healthy lemon twist bringing an exciting liveliness, accompanied by delicate honeysuckle and the skin of green apple on top of refreshing salty minerality. For an incredible pairing, we’d ask for a big bowl of creamy Butternut Squash soup topped with whisps of toasted onions and a dollop of crème fraiche. 71 cases produced. (03/09/2014)

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Borra Vineyards Riesling

Borra Vineyards Riesling label

Artist Series Riesling 2012

Lodi Appellation

For those who like a touch of sweetness, our new Riesling offers just the right amount. There is a soft delicacy to the scent – perhaps juicy peach with lime and apple blossoms. What blows us away about this wine is the zingy super long finish of lime and orange that follows unctuous honeysuckle, white peach, oils of citrus and who knows what else. But watch out, you’ll have emptied the half bottle before you figure it all out! 60 cases produced. (4/24/13)

Read much more on our blog “The Most Contemporary Collaboration.”

Regular Price: $15.00 for 375 mL

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Borra Vineyards Intuition

Borra Vineyards Intuition label

Intuition Field Blend White 2012

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary White German Varietal Blend
60% Kerner, 20% Riesling, 20% Gewürztraminer

The last 2011 vintage was described as, “This is a great wine, one of the best California white wines I’ve tasted this year. It’s delicious. And complex. And constantly interesting. Every sip was worth savoring. And it was even more delicious the second day.” – W. Blake Gray, The Gray Report

Boldly turning the pre-conceived notion about Lodi on its head, our winemaker’s personal experiment has proven to be a racy, refreshing success. A beguiling arrangement of honeyed vanilla peach custard scents with traces of white pepper and lemonness turn vivid and alive with a sip, revealing lemons, limes and peaches concentrating into a finish of intense juicy pineapple and oil of orange zest. All of these work together in excellent dry harmonic balance to please even the most demanding chef. We’ve got a white to marry with all those spicy foods that normally vanquish the best cellar selections. Spice up a simple baked potato, or go for shrimp spring rolls dipped in spicy peanut sauce – anything spicy and Asian. 200 cases produced. (07/16/13)

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Chardonnay Limited Release 2012

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi

NEW RELEASE

With this limited release Chardonnay from our Gill Creek Ranch vineyard we pay tribute to owner Steve Borra’s decades of work in our fields. An additional goal was filling Steve’s personal cellar with his favorite classic California style of Chardonnay. Barrel fermentation and sur lie stirring in 100% new American oak barrels develop a silky smooth and creamy viscous texture that you don’t find in most dry white wines. On the nose, you’ll discover buttery vanilla oak, yellow peach and perhaps some geranium. Honeyed vanilla over yellow peaches may come to mind on tasting, with a suggestion of banana peel, finishing up with subtle equal parts of orange and straw. There’s a new foodie fad of roasting the skin of a chicken until crispy, which would be a killer pairing, or – simpler yet – accompanying a heaping bowl of hot buttered popcorn on movie night. 74 cases produced. (01/29/2014)

Regular Price: $24.00

Borra Vineyards Heritage

Borra Vineyards Heritage label

Heritage Field Blend Red 2011

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary Blend
36% Barbera, 32% Carignane, 30% Petite Sirah, 2% Zinfandel

Generations of winegrape farmers used to grow a mix of interspersed grape varieties in a field of vines then crush them all together on the same day, creating a “field blend” of beautiful garnet red. The result, as with only the best wines we’ve tasted, is almost indescribable. Deep and wild fragrances of rich juicy plums and black cherries shift untamed in a tapestry of smoky bacon and cola with perhaps some leather or earth. Luscious black cherries and the concentrated essence of brambly blackberries deliver a lively tartness as you’d find near the pit of a plum. These flavors dance in an exciting enticing balance for minutes before resolving into cedar and violets. Very versatile with foods, especially great with rosemary roasted lamb, duck or virtually any beef topped with a reduction sauce. In many ways, our Heritage is itself a sauce in a glass. 180 cases produced. (07/17/2013)

Read much more on our blog “The Start of Our New Heritage.”

Regular Price: $25.00

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Borra Vineyards Zinfandel

Borra Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel label

Old Vine Zinfandel 2011

Gill Creek Ranch, Estate Bottled

Combine Lodi’s famous old vines with a very cool growing season and you’ve got the makings of an extremely accessible Zin without the burning alcohol or puckering acid. It’s all about cherries this vintage: from black cherry, plum and bacon aromas, to flavors conjuring an absolutely decadent rich sauce of cherries jubilee accompanied by cola, violets and plum, wrapped with easy-drinking cinnamon-like tannins on the full-bodied finish. A wine that would be equally at home with some savory Chinese spareribs or a slice of flourless chocolate cake. 250 cases produced. (04/27/2013)

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Borra Vineyards Barbera

Borra Vineyards Old Vine Barbera Label

Old Vine Barbera 2008

Home Ranch Carrú Vineyard, Estate Bottled

Perhaps the last pure Barbera to be bottled from Steve Borra’s grandfather’s original vineyard in Lodi. We named our Barbera “Fiera del Bue Grasso” or “Fair of the Fat Ox”, after the main annual celebration of the wines, food, and cattle of his Piedmontese home town of Carru’. Loads of fascinating smoky tea and meaty leather blanket strawberry jam, raspberries and cherries. Our bordering Eucalyptus grove has had a definite influence in this alluring vintage, meeting up with soul-warming mint and buckets of pomegranates, sour plums and cherries, with some raspberry tea thrown in for good measure. An excellent side dish would be a “zesty, earthy risotto soaked in wine with shaved Parmigiano.” 170 cases produced.

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Borra Vineyards Merlot

Merlot “2:30 a.m.” 2011

Gill Creek Ranch

Our full-bodied, middle-of-the-night Merlot will mesmerize you with scents of smoky oaked bacon in a potpourri of cloves and equal helpings of cherries and rose petals. These echo in your mouth, bathed in seamlessly smooth tannins, leading to a long finish of spicy tart red raspberries and cherries with roasted Mexican peppers. Make sure you’ve got a pail of pork chow mein standing by. 140 cases produced. (04/23/13)

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Borra Vineyards Syrah

Borra Vineyards Syrah

47.5° Syrah 2010

Gill Creek Ranch, Estate Bottled

This 100% pure Syrah is the perfect expression of our Gill Creek Ranch vineyard, oriented at 47.5˚ from north for optimal, even ripening. Smoked bacon turns to black peppery plum and fig, accompanied by cocoa and jammy cherry, telegraphing the complex enormity of this wine. Smooth, chewy big tannins can barely restrain expressive black cherry cola and espresso flavors, picking up perhaps an added bit of minty minerality and anise spice as the excitement never stops building. Steve could be found guzzling this along with his favorite Lockeford Italian Sausage. Definitely one of Lodi’s biggest Syrahs. 110 cases produced. Limit 6 bottles per person. (01/21/2013)

Regular Price: $35.00

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Borra Vineyards Red Wine
Borra Vineyards Red Wine
47.5° Red Wine 2011

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary Red Blend
80% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre

The decade’s coolest 2011 vintage has shaped our Petite Sirah, Syrah and Mourvèdre into what is likely to be our most balanced and elegant blend of these varietals to date. In an attempt to descript the unique aromas, we’ll make up a name: Crème de la Black Cherry – which might translate into creamy cherries intermingling with rhubarb, earth, bacon and tarry molasses. You’ll be tasting those tart cherries clearly upon a generous sip, once they emerge from a banquet of beefy braised mushrooms, coffee and our signature black licorice. All play together in a concentrated complex balance that shows almost none of the alcohol “spiciness” than in more ripe vintages. As for food, throw a fast meaty-thick naked New York steak on the grill, or go for a longer braised short ribs with lots of mushrooms. 115 cases produced. Limit 6 bottles per person. (07/28/2013)

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Markus Wine Co.
A subventure of Borra Vineyards

Markus Nimmo 2013

Lodi Appellation

This first offering from Markus Wine Co. will refresh you and challenge you at the same time. There’s a living vibrancy here that results from pure, fresh fruit energized by dynamically-balanced acidity that will keep this youngster aging gracefully for years. You’ll taste notes of honeysuckle, lime and Gewürz-supplied lychee, focusing-in on very persistent zesty oil of lemon peel. Underlying is an almost chalky texture that coats the mouth, probably from interplay of new oak and natural acidity, lending body. Just about any food will pair well, but we’d go for a decadent Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Cordon Bleu bathing in cream sauce or a cheese triple crème, but promise not to waste this precious wine as a mere cooking ingredient. 200 cases produced. (07/15/2014)

Regular Price: $22.00

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Rosé 2012

Lodi Appellation

Two nearly blood-red Rosés become one, with cherries curling around steely watermelon aromas, accompanied by a touch of mother earth and a hint of honey. A sip starts a rollercoaster of refreshment with a medium-weight, dry-styled grapefruit-tart-strawberry climb before the exhilarating drop into loops of red raspberries with a touch of walnut. 100 cases produced. (06/17/2013)

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Borra Vineyards Chardonnay

Borra Vineyards Chardonnay

Chardonnay 2012

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation

With our estate-grown Chardonnay, we’re not after the classic big and buttery California style, but rather more of a Burgundian influence. We achieve that goal by picking when the grapes aren’t hyper-ripe, resulting in aromas more toward the golden apple side of the spectrum, accompanied by a yeastiness and honeyed vanilla that come from traditional stirring of the lees in barrel every 10 days. A sip brings more somewhat weighty, savory golden apple with a pinch of salt and banana on the lingering finish that turns to slightly spicy honeyed lemon. For you wine geeks, there is mouthwatering acidity that comes off as smooth and creamy and very intriguing. Fettuccine Alfredo would work well, or think outside the box and pour a glass mid-morning with Eggs Benedict. 250 cases produced. (07/25/2013)

Regular Price: $19.99

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Borra Vineyards Field Blend

Borra Vineyards Field Blend

Field Blend 2009

Lodi Appellation
55% Barbera, 20% Carignane, 14% Petite Sirah, 11% Alicante Bouschet

Generations of winegrape farmers used to grow a mix of interspersed grape varieties in a field of vines then crush them all together on the same day, creating a “field blend” of beautiful garnet red. This band of grapes turns in a performance that is very lively, nimble – not heavy – and certainly not wimpy, with shifting bright fruit aromas of red currant, pomegranate, sarsaparilla, and a potpourri of jasmine, lavender, and roses, riding an intriguing muskiness. Dusty tannins support focused fruit flavors combining with good acidity to build perfect sweet-tartness. A touch of cedar and a nice creamy mocha Tiramisu sing on the finale. Very versatile with foods, especially great with tomato-based pasta dishes, many cheeses and may even substitute for a superb Pinot Noir. 156 cases produced.

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Borra Vineyards Finesse

Borra Vineyards Finesse

Finesse Lot 10

Lodi Appellation
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot

In 2010 we were blessed with a second cool growing season for our Cabernet, which we marry with 40% Merlot to round out our Bordeaux-style blend. “Finesse” is the name for this voluptuous, yet finely-balanced, seriously delicious beauty. She wears a smoky perfume of black cherry and black licorice that undulates with plum and tobacco, developing a savory Chinese spare rib meatiness as the evening progresses. Swallow zingy-spiced bright cherries and black raspberries along with pinches of tea leaves and cigar, and you’ll be whisked off to ecstasy on a long stream of scintillating tangerine peel on charred oak and cloves. 110 cases produced. (11/21/2012)

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Borra Vineyards Intenso
Borra Vineyards Intenso
Intenso 2010

Lodi Appellation (Lodi Rules)
47% Petite Sirah, 22% Syrah, 17% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon

From the sweet spot of our Gill Creek Ranch Vineyard we reserved a few special barrels that were more intensely concentrated than all the others. Smokey bacon, raisin, floral violet, plum and baker’s chocolate aromas give some indication of the unrestrained flavors to come. All elements are incredibly well-balanced, but at a full-throttled level, supported by mouth-coating unctuous tannins. Mountains of almost meaty black cherry, tart plums, and coffee, heaped atop river stone minerality create a flood of black pepper, savory cloves, and violets that lingers seemingly forever. A memorable experience that would nicely complement any hearty meat dish, perhaps even a flourless chocolate torte. 47% Petite Sirah, 22% Syrah, 17% Zinfandel, and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. 110 cases produced. (11/08/12)

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Borra Vineyards Petite Sirah
Borra Vineyards Finesse
Petite Sirah 2011

Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation (Lodi Rules)

Petite Sirah is sort of Lodi’s Pinot Noir – a notoriously challenging grape to grow. In years when this late-ripening grape comes in before the first October rains, you can get an amazing combination of European high-quality structure with exquisite fruit. Such was the cool 2011 vintage, producing interwoven aromas of beef broth and bacon with jammy Boysenberry and vanilla bean. There is an elegance to this normally in-your-face, brawny wine, that tastes like luscious rich black cherries and semi-sweet chocolate, balanced by a slight tartness from blackberries and later by anisette spice. The classic pairing would be tender braised beef short ribs, but if you’re daring, try beef enchiladas in a traditional brown tomatillo sauce. 192 cases produced. (11/10/2013)

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Past Releases

Borra Vineyards Fusion White

Borra Vineyards: White Fusion Label

FUSION White 2011

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary White Blend

Our Rhône Viognier fuses with a pinch of German Gewürztraminer to produce a bright, explosive collision of lemon and honey aromas bonding with equal portions of tropical mango and white pepper. Chock-full of concentrated cream of lemon, Mandarin orange and grapefruit enmeshed in refreshing steely minerality with a generous helping of lemongrass and cantaloupe on the extremely satisfying lengthy finish. One of the few wines we know that can dance harmoniously with asparagus. Even better with a catch of fresh Shrimp Scampi. If you had your eyes closed, you’d probably be fooled into thinking this was a Sauvignon blanc. 150 cases produced. (4/29/12)

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Borra Vineyards Fusion Red
Borra Vineyards Fusion label
FUSION Red 2010

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary Red Blend
67% Syrah, 15% Petite Sirah, 15% Zinfandel, 2% Mourvèdre, 1% Alicante Bouschet

Our favorite crowd-pleaser is a delicious, complex fusion of Lodi’s best winegrape varietals. You can almost smell the vineyard amongst layers of brewing coffee, oak, and semi-sweet chocolate wrapped around a filling of fresh raspberries. Incredibly racy this year and very dark in terms of dark chocolate, blackberries, raspberries and lots of bold spice that morphs into an excellent cherry enveloped in chocolate refusing to leave your tongue. Best with grilled beef ribs, dry-rubbed with black pepper and garlic. 450 cases produced. (11/03/12)

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Borra Vineyards Intuition

Borra Vineyards Intuition label

Intuition Field Blend White 2011

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary White German Varietal Blend

“This is a great wine, one of the best California white wines I’ve tasted this year. It’s delicious. And complex. And constantly interesting. Every sip was worth savoring. And it was even more delicious the second day.” – W. Blake Gray, The Gray Report

Boldly turning the pre-conceived notion about Lodi on its head, our winemaker’s personal experiment has proven to be a racy, refreshing success. Though a minor player, Gewürztraminer sings most brilliantly in this “Swiss blend” with traditionally cool-climate Kerner and Rieslaner, contributing very spicy aromatic notes of white pepper and lychee on top of lime, honey and an appealing muskiness. Supple and alive with the concentrated flesh of creamy nectarine, honey and long lingering lemon in excellent dry harmonic balance to please even the most demanding chef. We’ve got a white to marry with all those spicy foods that normally vanquish the best cellar selections. Start with a simple grilled linguica, shrimp spring rolls dipped in spicy peanut sauce, or anything spicy and Asian. 146 cases produced. (07/04/12)

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Borra Vineyards Zinfandel

Borra Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel label

Old Vine Zinfandel 2009

Gill Creek Ranch, Estate Bottled

Our Zinfandel delivers exactly what Lodi’s renowned old vines are famous for: complex decadent fruit. A potpourri of bay leaves, cloves, jammy Boysenberries, plums and cedar scents invite indulgence into a glass packed with flavors of tart blackberries heavily under the influence of vanilla, tantalizing tea leaves and lingering chocolate orange peel. Pair with some savory Chinese spareribs. 200 cases produced.

Regular Price: $20.00

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Borra Vineyards Barbera

Borra Vineyards Old Vine Barbera Label

Old Vine Barbera 2007

Home Ranch Carrú Vineyard, Estate Bottled

Estate bottled from Steve Borra’s grandfather’s original vineyard in Lodi, we named our Barbera “Fiera del Bue Grasso” or “Fair of the Fat Ox”, after the main annual celebration of the wines, food, and cattle of his Piedmontese home town of Carru’. Strawberry jam and cherry aromas intertwine with fascinating sweet cigar, bacon, cloves and – if you really concentrate – an intriguing malted milk chocolate. More structured than past vintages, with dusty tannins cradling tobacco-tinted strawberry and black current sprinkled with anise, cloves and silky-smooth sweet rose petals before a smoky finish of cedar and mint warm your soul. This is almost a rich, classic beef Bolognese pasta sauce on its own – which, come to think of it, would be the perfect match! 111 cases produced.

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Borra Vineyards Merlot

Merlot “2:30 a.m.” 2009

Gill Creek Ranch

Our full-bodied, middle-of-the-night Merlot will bowl you over with up-front, big jammy black currants and plums with black rose petals, giving way to a scoop of cloves and shades of oak. These echo in your mouth, filled with dusty tannins, and leading to a long finish shifting from rich cedar-spiced pepperoni to pleasantly tart Boysenberries over time. An excellent partner with wood-fired pizza. 115 cases produced. (08/16/11)

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Borra Vineyards Red Wine
Borra Vineyards Red Wine
47.5° Red Wine Lot 09

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary Red Blend
80% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre

Bold and jammy black currants resonating with deep, dark and almost dusty molasses, cedar and white pepper create a complex whirlwind of aromas in this eclectic blend of the best red Rhône varietals of Lodi: Petite Sirah, Syrah and Mourvèdre. There are big unwimpy tannins holding an exquisite filling of concentrated blackberry and red plum with well-integrated oak presenting a fine charred meatiness. Fig and coffee join in with pepper to crown a memorable, lasting vinous experience. A comforting accompaniment would be slow-braised red wine lamb shanks with demi-glace, falling off the bone. 96 cases produced. Limit 6 bottles per person.

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