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 to preserve natural acids, and regularly employ native fermentations. Borra wines reflect our commitment to quality and value. We are proud to introduce them to you, below.


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FUSION Series

Our very popular, most affordable wines.




2013 FUSION White

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

 



2014 FUSION White

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

NEW RELEASE

If you had to blindly guess what this wine is, you might say it’s an expensive cool climate Chardonnay. You’d be pleasantly surprised to find our very affordable fusion of warmer climate Rhône Viognier with a healthy dash of German Gewürztraminer. Those two varietals create flavors that focus on orange zest, almost like you bit into an orange without peeling it with gratifying results. A certain muskiness, like a cologne, lurks long into the finish of this viscous vinous elixir. Aromas of Ginger Ale, herbs and orange flowers portend added interesting things in the months to come. Your mouth will water thinking of Veal Scallopini in Brown Butter and Capers in a skillet, garnished with orange zest to fuse seamlessly with what’s in your glass. 220 cases produced. (05/04/2015)

Regular Price: 16.99

 



2012 FUSION Red

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

Our favorite crowd-pleaser is a deliciously dry, complex fusion of Lodi’s best winegrape varietals. If this wine were a food, you’d swear it was a gorgeous slab of Chinese pork spare ribs, glazed and cooked to form a slightly charred, eminently delectable crust. Dip that in a sour cherry-clove, mouth-filling sauce and you’re set for the evening. Typical of fine age-worthy wines, you’ll notice smooth, almost chalky tannins on the roof of your mouth moving to a lingering tartness. And if you concentrate, you’ll also find some notes of plums, meaty black cherries, rich wood, and rose petals dancing in your nose. To quench your hunger, throw those ribs on the barbie, or make a 911 call for Chinese take out. 660 cases produced. (10/23/2014)

Regular Price: 19.99

 

Artist Series

A fresh take on off-the-beaten path varieties. Some of these have been moved into the new Markus Wine Co. label, below.




2012 Artist Series Crealto

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 375mL

 



2013 Artist Series Kerner Blend

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."

Regular Price: 18.99

 




2012 Artist Series Riesling

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 375mL

 

Steve Series

A tribute to founder Steve Borra and all the seasons of his work.




2012 Chardonnay Limited Release

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi
100% Chardonnay

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

 




2012 Intuition Field Blend White

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)

Regular Price: 22.00

 



2014 Vermentino

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi
100% Vermentino

Our first crop of Vermentino from our Gill Creek Ranch looks to be a summer foodie’s delight. This varietal is a unique animal, possibly suggesting Sauvignon Blanc with flavors hinting lemongrass and green apple under a basket of wonderfully fruity Meyer lemons and Key limes that fill the finish with a pleasing concentrated tartness. That energy-edged tartness is smoothed by ripe citrus sweetness and minerality, keeping the wine dry, yet fruity in an exciting, medium-bodied balance. All this is apparent in the nose, especially the minerality, which you can pick up as wet stones after a rain. As for dinner, put anything on your plate that you would pair with a Champaign. Jumping to mind is a pan-seared Filet of Sole with a Lemon Caper Sauce. 65 cases produced. (03/14/2015)

Regular Price: 22.00

 




2012 Old Vine Barbera

Home Ranch Carrú Vineyard, Estate Bottled
100% Barbera

From Steve Borra’s original vines planted around the Lodi tasting room that haven’t been bottled for several years, this coquettish wine returns to the soul of our winery. This 100% Barbera is more medium-bodied than heavy, and surprisingly “white,” with dead-on flavors of blood orange and a meatiness on the finish, along with perhaps a smidgeon of the bordering Eucalyptus grove that used to be up-wind of the vines. Taste again and you may also detect sour plums and cherries. Heck, you could find all kinds of things in here. If you only have time for a whiff, you’ll still experience the very vineyard dirt that gave it life, with a handful of plum and a pinch of five-spice thrown in. Try this with a tomato-based ground lamb stew atop flat ribbons of pappardelle pasta. 285 cases produced. (10/24/2014)

Regular Price: 25.00

 



2012 Finesse

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation
59% Zinfandel, 16% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon

Each year we express our Cabernet vines in this voluptuous, yet finely-balanced, seriously delicious beauty we call “Finesse.” With the return of our more typical warmer days, we decided to see if our Cabernet could lend an interesting blended twist to our popular Old Vine Zin. The result is a downright pleasing, thick and rounded, mouth-caressing richness of sour cherries and a hint of Cab-characteristic bell peppers that shift to refreshingly tart pomegranate. You can smell red raspberries along with the cherries and wet stones. And those raspberries – after a couple of hours (if you haven’t drained the bottle!) – will become a virtual stream in your mouth. Would easily stand up to a hearty beef stew or a hot-off-the-grill T-bone steak. 142 cases produced. (10/24/2014)

Regular Price: 19.99

 



2011 Heritage Field Blend Red

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

 



2012 Heritage Field Blend Red

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary Blend
55% Barbera, 14% Carignane, 17% Petite Sirah, 14% Alicante Bouschet

Generations of winegrape farmers used to grow a mix of 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. Probably because there is much more Barbera in the blend this vintage, the whole arrangement of flavors are so very “red” this time: luscious tart red cherries and dense pomegranate, along with savory slices of roast beef and bacon and a pinch of thyme. (If so moved, feel free to fire up a cigar now.) “Concentrated roundness with mouthwatering acidity of juicy fresh fruit” could sum-up this delicious experience. And for you pro’s, using your nose, you’ll detect those same flavors in the vapor, along with other spices, like cinnamon and anise. Very versatile with foods, especially great with thyme 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. (01/13/2015)

Regular Price: 25.00

 



2012 Intenso

Home Ranch Carrú Vineyard, Estate Bottled
30% Syrah, 20% Zinfandel, 20% Merlot, 20% Alicante Bouschet, 10% Petite Sirah

Mostly 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. We’re talkin’ rich, thick and dense tannins that coat your mouth with an amazing chalky dustiness like you rarely experience, and normally found only in those hundred-dollar Cabs. But this is a balanced bigness with a tartness that makes you pour another glass (and another) filled with coffee, blackberried orange peel (is there such a thing?) and maybe some blueberries with a dash of salt. Here’s your prescription: put some nice grill marks on a steak and some Intenso in your glass, then finish off with a flourless chocolate torte glazed with blueberries and orange rinds and Facebook us in the morning. Oh, and take a moment with your glass to breathe in that steak you should be grilling along with those leaves you crunch when walking through the forest, plums you picked and steely pomegranate seeds you slaved to free. 118 cases produced. (10/23/2014)

Regular Price: 21.99

 



2012 Merlot

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi
100% Merlot

Cast in a garnet red, our beautiful Merlot is captivating just to look at, but you won’t be able to restrain from taking in rich aromas of deliciously sour plums in a potpourri wardrobe of espresso and sweet orange flowers. When you sip, there is a shift to jammy black cherries with an expert touch of the sourness that brings liveliness, such that you could drink a bottle (or two!) all night. And you’ll find some oak with a bit of herbal bell pepper that lets you know this is, in fact, a Merlot, rather than some random red. For the geeks, there’s chalky tannins with nicely balanced acidity and a finish of coffee, anise and sassafras laid atop those persistent cherries. Sounds odd, but a pail of pork chow mein works wonders. Serve slightly chilled. 220 cases produced. (08/01/2014)

Regular Price: 19.99

 



2013 Merlot

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi
100% Merlot

NEW RELEASE

If you’re looking for a bouquet of roses, you’ve found them. The Merlot this year is super silky smooth going down, with the feel and taste of a bed full of red rose petals, accompanied with red cherries, plums and a hint of tell-tale bell pepper on a long, enticing finish. You could even reach for dark, decadent chocolate to complete the experience. Take some freshly-chopped garden tomatoes and bruschetta them onto toast, or grab a strip of beef jerky and rip some off with your teeth, then chase it with ample sips. You might catch some bonus forest floor and a dash of black pepper if you hold yourself to just a sniff. This is the way sophisticated and comforting Merlot is meant to taste. Wine geeks: we’ve got a nice acid balance with just the right tannins, but know that this is not at all sugar sweet. 118 cases produced. (07/24/2015)

Regular Price: 19.99

 



2012 Old Vine Zinfandel

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi (planted in 1968)
100% Zinfandel

This is what Lodi old vine Zin is supposed to taste like: jammy fruit, very well-balanced, possessing the right amount of concentration without being syrupy, and certainly not thin. There is a super-interesting orange juice-like tang on top of rounded raspberries and ripe tomatoes meeting up with cinnamon, and – dare we say it – “Hot Tamales” at the tail end that lend a certain touch of fruit-derived sweetness. The oakness (made-up word) makes for a really nice sniff, as if roses were laid out on a silver platter of marinated red raspberries. In a hurry? Open that bag of BBQ chips. Better yet, throw on soul-warming spaghetti with big fat meatballs, or earn beaucoup spouse points via a more ambitious Veal Parmesan with generous tomato sauce. 220 cases produced. (07/20/2014)

Regular Price: 21.99

 



2013 Old Vine Zinfandel

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi (planted in 1968)
100% Zinfandel

NEW RELEASE

This is what classic old vine Zin is supposed to taste like: seamless decadent fruit held in balance by rounded dusty tannins, possessing just the right amount of concentration without being syrupy, and certainly not thin. Nothing is amped-up or over-the-top, nor unnaturally sweet or non-descript. (Maybe you can guess that we’re super-excited about this Zin!) The best wines defy description, but if we must: you might consider a slightly tart blackberry pie with a molasses influence. Just think, “dark and ridiculously delicious.” Time to pay the corkage fee and shell out for an extremely-fine cut of steak, like a juicy Filet or thick New York, and realize that you’re getting a world-class experience for a fraction of the cost of those high-rent appellations. 170 cases produced. (07/27/2015)

Regular Price: 21.99

 

47.5° Limited-Edition Series

Our top-end, small-bottling wines.




2012 Red Wine 47.5°

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

Though 2012 was more typically warm than the chilly 2011 vintage, our best Petite Sirah, Syrah and Mourvèdre blend has once again shown to be balanced and elegant. Savory scents are almost smoky, as if someone is charring a rack of ribs on a grill and, nearby, someone else is roasting vanilla beans amidst a black cherry orchard surrounded by Boysenberries. Next you’re handed a milk-chocolate-coated bar of hazelnuts. Those delectable flavors nimbly swirl with redder cherries and a dash of pepper before zooming-in to focus on tart red raspberries that linger long. The whole experience is notably flirty feminine, not big and muscular or burning, with just the right amount of tannins in all the right places. As for food, throw a fast meaty-thick naked New York steak on the grill, or simmer some melt-in-your-mouth braised short ribs with lots of mushrooms for hours. 115 cases produced. Limit 6 bottles per person. (10/28/2014)

Regular Price: 35.00

 



2011 Syrah 47.5°

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation
100% Syrah

LAST CALL - ALMOST SOLD OUT
This 100% pure Syrah is the perfect expression of our Gill Creek Ranch vineyard, oriented at 47.5˚ from north for optimal, even ripening. With this relatively cool vintage, you won’t find the usual Lodi jammyness, but rather a more classic, hearty wine, neither sharp nor acidic, and certainly not wimpy. To get a sense of the extraordinary aromas, try imagining dipping a tempting slice of smoked bacon into dark chocolate with a bowl of black raspberries and figs nearby. When you take a healthy swig you’re sinking your teeth into the meat of a juicy plum and a flame-grilled, pepper-seasoned Filet Mignon, drizzled with bittersweet chocolate shavings. 115 cases produced. Limit 6 bottles per person. (1/17/2014)

Regular Price: 35.00

 

Markus Wine Co.
A subventure of Borra Vineyards




2014 Markus Joey Insieme

Lodi White Wine
95% Torrontes (Silvaspoons Vineyards, CA), 5% Riesling (Cain Vineyards, NC)

Insieme is Italian for “together” and represents a blending of wines by two winemakers from America’s east and west coasts. Riesling from North Carolina plays a supporting role to the dominance of Lodi Torrontes. The wine is more like a dinner course bottled, or a worthy substitute for that morning Bloody Mary. We get surprisingly delectable sauerkraut flavors with limes and cloves and probably a bunch more fruits and veggies to be discovered over the course of an evening. A mouth-watering Lychee with a dash of white pepper and other seasonings leaves your mouth very reluctantly after a long taste. A totally intriguing and amazing experience, which not even your wine geek friends would be able to pin down. Pair with anything from the simple to the sophisticated. 65 cases produced. (03/14/2015)

Regular Price: 18.99

 



2014 Markus Nativo

Lodi White Wine
75% Kerner, 19% Riesling, 6% Bacchus

The relatively cool Mokelumne Glen Vineyards in Lodi is the only source of the rare Kerner grape in California. If we had to pick one word to describe the flavor of this very slightly off-dry white, we’d pick honeysuckle. That fine floral quality is complexified by aspects of golden apples, corn on the cobb and steely minerality topped off by a twist of lemon, all very smooth and comfortingly delicious. This unique and approachable wine would be a hit at any dinner party, especially one where you or someone else thought to bring along a homemade mouth-watering tart apple pie. (The label ingeniously contains the postal code for Markus’s hometown in Switzerland.) 120 cases produced. (03/15/2015)

Regular Price: 18.99

 



2013 Markus Nimmo

Lodi Appellation
69% Kerner, 11% Gewürztraminer, 10% Riesling, 10% Bacchus

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

 



2014 Markus Nimmo

Lodi Appellation
71% Kerner, 13% Gewürztraminer, 11% Riesling, 5% Bacchus

NEW RELEASE

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. It’s sort of a new animal that resists being pinpointed, but you may think tart - not gripping - lemon and orange peel wrapped in something like tea leaves. Then there’s an exotic twist, like Gewürz-supplied lychee or maybe mango, and ending with overall intriguing wet stones or granite. Underlying is an almost chalky texture that coats the mouth from interplay of new oak, lees stirring and natural acidity, lending body. Just about any food will pair well, but what sounds refreshing is a simple shrimp ceviche with tomatoes, avocado and cilantro cured in lemon juice. 180 cases produced. (07/25/2015)

Regular Price: 22.00

 



2014 Markus Nuvola

Lodi White Wine
100% Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer in the U.S. has had a reputation for being cloyingly sweet. So you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Markus’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 lime twist bringing an excitingly fresh liveliness, accompanied by the skin of green apple and a smidgeon of dill 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. 65 cases produced. (03/15/2015)

Regular Price: 18.99

 

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2013 Chardonnay Members Reserve

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation (Lodi Rules)
100% Chardonnay

They say Chardonnay is the grape most likely to reveal the winemaker’s hand, especially when it comes to oak. So even though Markus used no new barrels with this estate-grown bottling, you’ll still detect a creamy oak vanilla enveloping orange and tropical pineapple that recalls for us those Creamsicle popsicles that used to really hit the spot on summer days – with maybe some nutmeg. A wine connoisseur would gladly call the abundance of fruit “exuberant,” but we’re happy to say it’s downright heaping pleasurable. There’s a nice buttery roasted walnut aroma that comes from traditional stirring of the lees every 10 days that also builds not only our cellar hand’s body, but also the wine’s. And if you really focus, you might notice a nice chalky texture or pick up a dash of salt on the tail end. Fettuccine Alfredo with a tiny dash of that nutmeg would work very well. 165 cases produced. Available only to La Dolce Vita club members. (08/14/2014)

Regular Price: 16.99

 



2014 Chardonnay Members Reserve

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation
100% Chardonnay

NEW RELEASE

They say Chardonnay is the grape most likely to reveal the winemaker’s hand, especially when it comes to oak, which you’ll detect as a creamy vanilla enveloping yellow peaches, cantaloupe and baked golden apples. A wine connoisseur would gladly call the abundance of fruit “exuberant,” but we’re happy to say it’s downright heaping pleasurable, smooth and very easy to drink. There’s a nice buttery baked apple aroma from traditional stirring of the lees every 10 days that also builds not only our cellar hand’s body, but also the wine’s. For dinner, Fettuccine Alfredo with a tiny dash of that nutmeg would work very well, followed by a tart apple pie. 150 cases produced. Available only to La Dolce Vita club members. (07/26/2015)

Regular Price: 16.99

 



2012 Rosé Members Reserve

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)

Regular Price: 16.99

 



2012 Petite Sirah Members Reserve

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation
100% Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah is sort of Lodi’s Pinot Noir – a notoriously challenging grape to grow. In years when this late-ripening grape squeaks in just before the first October rains – like 2012 – you can get an amazing combination of European high-quality structure with exquisite fruit. You get that elegance in the glass, with some dusty earthy oaked herbs, plums and anise, then lingering black raspberries amongst chalky tannins. Lots of satisfying fruit here with the right supporting structure. Ask for our recipe for braised beef short ribs to go with this, you won’t regret it. 96 cases produced. Available only to La Dolce Vita club members. (08/16/2014)

Regular Price: 19.99

 



2013 Petite Sirah Members Reserve

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation
100% Petite Sirah

NEW RELEASE

Petite Sirah is sort of Lodi’s Pinot Noir – a notoriously challenging grape to grow. In years when this late-ripening grape squeaks in just before the first October rains – like 2013 – you can get an amazing combination of European high-quality structure with exquisite fruit. That balance is better than ever this year, delivering a pleasing rounded mouthful of nice dusty tannins wrapped around melted bittersweet chocolate over sour black cherries. The touch of sweetness in the fruit plays with the tannins to give the perception of very expensive oak that will appeal to fans of big wines, but a tartness and earthiness keep things from blowing up into an outright fruit bomb. The stuffing is there for long-term aging, but if you can’t wait, put some grill marks on a New York steak with a decadent rim of juicy fat and have a feast. 152 cases produced. Available only to La Dolce Vita club members. (05/02/2015)

Regular Price: 19.99