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.




2014 FUSION White

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

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

 



2015 FUSION White

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary White Blend
95% Viognier, 5% Traminette (Cain Vineyards, NC)

NEW RELEASE

This is unlike any white you’ve ever tasted. In fact, every vintage of our very affordable fusion of warmer climate Rhône Viognier with a dash of American Traminette is a different child. This year, those two varieties create flavors that focus on orange zest – almost like you bit into an orange without peeling it with gratifying results. You could also think of a weighty elixir of pineapples meeting Granny Smith with a lime twist and very savory nutmeg on the long-lurking finish. And it’s all smooth with minerality and the right touch of acidity. Aromas of ginger ale, lychee and orange blossoms portend added interesting things in the months to come. Follow the nutmeg note and make up a big bowl of Fettucine Alfredo topped with extra parsley and parmesan. 100 cases produced. (08/01/2016)

Regular Price: 16.99

 



2012 FUSION Red

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

GOLD MEDAL WINNER SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
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

 



2013 FUSION Red

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

Our favorite crowd-pleaser is a deliciously dry, super-savory, complex fusion of Lodi’s best red winegrape varietals. Cutting the chase to food: how about Teriyaki-marinated skirt steak or Chinese pork spare ribs as you drink this right now? Those sort of Asian dishes seem to be a heaven-made marriage with this vintage, and many of the previous Fusion vintages, too. The wine carries a boat-load of blueberries, plums and black licorice with a healthy dash of spicy pepper thrown in. These rest on a backbone of somewhat chalky tannins, bringing everything in balance. Leave a half-full glass next to the Jacuzzi for some wine aromatherapy of plush rose petals, oak essence and bowls of fruit perfuming the air. Stare deep into the wine and you’ll actually be able to see through it, like looking into a beautiful gem of garnet. You are getting thirsty. Very thirsty. 235 cases produced. (02/27/2016)

Regular Price: 19.99

 

Steve Series

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




2014 Chardonnay Limited Release

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi
100% Chardonnay

With this limited last release of 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 many 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 apple and lemon. 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. 64 cases produced. (03/13/2016)

Regular Price: 28.00

 



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

 



2015 Vermentino

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi
100% Vermentino

Our second harvest of Vermentino from our Gill Creek Ranch looks to be a summer foodie’s delight. This varietal is a unique animal, with most people probably guessing they are tasting a Sauvignon Blanc. But aside from the red grapefruit peel on the finish, the flavors are more of a compelling combination of tropical fruits, like a bushel of bananas, meeting up with loads of lemons and green apples lending a pleasing tartness. That tartness is smoothed by ripe citrus sweetness and minerality, keeping the wine dry, yet fruity in an exciting, medium-bodied balance. All of these eagerly envelop the air. As for dinner, put anything on your plate that you would pair with a Champagne or an unoaked Chard. Jumping to mind is a Swordfish steak with a Lemon Caper Sauce. 120 cases produced. (03/10/2016)

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

 



2013 Old Vine Barbera

Home Ranch Carrú Vineyard, Estate Bottled
100% Barbera

From Steve Borra’s original vines planted around the Lodi tasting room, this 100% Barbera is downright pleasing. You have to say it’s full-bodied because you can feel a certain weight in your mouth, but this wine of beautiful crimson glides effortlessly through. When you swallow, you get a wave of age-able tannins, then a sweetness that is strawberry/red cherry fruit-driven, not at all sugary. There’s also some definite cola and a tartness - as if from plums – that rides underneath. We could drink this all day. Another interesting tidbit: you can’t really detect Eucalyptus in the wine, which you could in prior vintages, probably because much of the grove was no longer there in 2013. Hungry? Our friend Randy recommends a tomato-based ground lamb stew atop flat ribbons of pappardelle pasta. 120 cases produced. (10/24/2015)

Regular Price: 25.00

 



2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec

NEW RELEASE

Steve Borra is a big fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, and he’s been growing it out at our Gill Creek Ranch in specially-drained, unique 47.5˚-slanted vineyard blocks for decades. So it was about time that we got around to putting the best into a bottle. As far as Cabs go, our vines eagerly produce Lodi-typical loads of ripe flambéed dark cherries that carry on and on after the sip. It’s not sweet, but nicely fruited, with well-rounded tannins more elegant than dense, yet still full-bodied. Perhaps we’re hungry, but we also taste juicy tomato, sweet bell pepper, strawberries puréed, and a touch of oak that comes off more as a crisp strip of bacon. While you could grill any steak and be eminently happy, be adventurous and dark-roast a duck with a cherry reduction. That would be magnificent. 105 cases produced. (07/28/2016)

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

 



2013 Finesse

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot

Each year we express our Cabernet vines in this finely-balanced, seriously delicious beauty we call “Finesse.” This vintage is tasting very much like a classic Bordeaux with a traditional blend of a bit more Cabernet than Merlot, and honestly nothing else. Experienced tasters will recognize the California “New-World” ripe meaty plum and sour cherry fruit, as opposed to “Old-World” earthiness. There’s even some of that cassis that we in the biz write about, along with a hint of Cab/Merlot-characteristic bell pepper. We’ll even go so far to say we’ve made one of the best 2013 Bordeaux-style blends you can get in Lodi. Try it and let us know. Meanwhile, conjure up a hearty beef stew, or get the guy to grill a rib-eye steak with a bit of bleu cheese atop. 136 cases produced. (02/27/2016)

Regular Price: 21.99

 



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

 



2013 Heritage Field Blend Red

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary Blend
70% Barbera, 10% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah, 10% 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. They thought of themselves as winegrowers, not winemakers. The result – as with only the best wines we’ve tasted – is almost indescribable and is a true expression of whatever we harvested that year. 2012 was full of recognizable red fruits. 2013 is more exotic and super-savory, like the chewy “bark” on long-cooked Chinese beef spare ribs. Then there’s a juicy bushel of black cherries or perhaps olalliberries, along with age-worthy full-bodied chalky tannins and flavors that never want to finish in your mouth. (Have you ever had a wine that stuck with you for this long?) Extremely versatile with foods – especially great with thyme roasted lamb, duck or even those spare ribs. 151 cases produced. (05/17/2016)

Regular Price: 25.00

 



2013 Intenso

Gill Creek Ranch
70% Zinfandel, 15% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

From the sweet spot of our Gill Creek Ranch Vineyard we reserved a few special barrels that were more intensely flavored than all the others. This vintage was more warm and therefore much more “Lodi” than the last couple, but don’t let 15% alcohol freak you out, because everything’s in peaceful balance. This year we’ve captured in glass a harvest of exquisitely-ripe cherry tomatoes along with rustic brambly red raspberries dancing in your mouth with a dash of pepper and some anise on the endless finish. The signature Borra plum tartness makes you pour another glass (and another). Seems like all our 2013 wines do magnificently well with steak and some grill marks. If you’re particularly hungry right now, think New York Steak. 70% Zinfandel, 15% Merlot, 10% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 119 cases produced. (10/24/2015)

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

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

 



2013 Old Vine Zinfandel

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

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

 



2014 Old Vine Zinfandel

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

NEW RELEASE

This is what classic old vine Zin really should taste like: seamless decadent fruit held in balance by super-velvety-smooth, chalky tannins – a big brawny brooding Zin. Black cherries and plums come to mind when trying to imagine the fruit. Then there’s that sort of melted-dark-chocolate-with-coffee experience going on ahead of a long, satisfying finish. Nothing is amped-up or over-the-top, nor unnaturally sweet or non-descript. Time to pay the corkage fee and shell out for a juicy thick New York steak with seared-on grill marks and realize that you’re getting a world-class experience for a fraction of the cost of those high-rent appellations. 152 cases produced. (07/31/2016)

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

 



2013 Red Wine 47.5°

Lodi Appellation, Proprietary Red Blend
42% Petite Sirah, 37% Syrah, 21% Mourvèdre

WINNER BEST OF CLASS OF REGION CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR 91 POINTS
Our best Petite Sirah, Syrah and Mourvèdre blend is the very definition of Lodi-grown balance and elegance. A particular flavor or two dominate most wines, but with this vintage, everything’s dancing together practically seamlessly, resisting nailed-down descriptions. You might mentally note rhubarb and fine perfumed cedary oak when you take a sniff. And for flavors, there are very pretty ripe red cherries here with maybe some cola, but the overall feeling is more of I-don’t-know-exactly-what-this-is-but-it’s-really-great. We could list more marketing adjectives, but we’d rather confidently leave it to you. If you’re hungry, long-simmer some melt-in-your-mouth braised short ribs with lots of mushrooms, but, hey, who needs food when you’ve got a great bottle like this? 120 cases produced. (02/27/2016)

Regular Price: 35.00

 



2011 Syrah 47.5°

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

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

 



2013 Syrah 47.5°

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation
80% Syrah, Clone 470, 20% Syrah, Clone 877

This 100% pure Syrah is the perfect expression of our Gill Creek Ranch vineyard, oriented at 47.5˚ from north for optimal, even ripening. This more normal, warmer vintage, brings back some characteristic Lodi jammyness, melding into brambly tart blackish berries creating a rich and hearty wine with definite heft – almost a meatiness you can bite into. It’s like a supremely satisfying dinner of flame-grilled, pepper-seasoned Filet Mignon, drizzled with a little cranberry reduction sauce and bittersweet chocolate shavings, followed by a slice of tart blackberry pie. (There’s your ideal pairing, by the way!) The scents, at least at this stage of its long cellar life to come, coalesce around peppery oak and perhaps those cranberries. 145 cases produced. (10/24/2015)

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

 



2015 Markus Joey Insieme

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

Insieme is Italian for “together” and represents a blending of wines by two winemakers from America’s east and west coasts. Traminette 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. First of all, there’s no oak. You’re tasting pure vineyard. We get surprisingly delectable sauerkraut flavors and savory musk, nutmeg, anise and white pepper spices - that aren’t biting - along with beautiful blossoms and honeydew melon, lingering and lingering. These flavors shift around and make for a totally intriguing and amazing experience that needs to be discovered over the course of an evening. This is the bottle to buy to stump your wine geek friends. Pair with anything from the simple to the sophisticated. 125 cases produced. (03/10/2016)

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

 



2015 Markus Nativo

Lodi White Wine
52% Kerner, 29% Riesling, 15% Bacchus, 4% Gewürztraminer

The relatively cool Mokelumne Glen Vineyards in Lodi is the only source of the rare Kerner grape in California. Zesty, flinty stones and peaches would be the quick caption for this vintage. Compared to last year, Nativo is not quite as obviously fruity, but it’s still fresh, clean on the palette and perhaps even more complex. Other descriptors include limes, floral blossoms, a certain smoothness, and yellow peach and apricot on the lasting finish. This unique 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. (03/10/2016)

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

WINNER BEST OF CLASS OF REGION CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR 95 POINTS GOLD
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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2014 Chardonnay Members Reserve

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

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

 



2015 Rosé Members Reserve

Lodi Appellation
63% Syrah, 37% Carignane

Two nearly blood-red rosés become one, with strawberries and 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 lurking tannins of Syrah lending a bit of weightiness. Tons of fruit race by, but you couldn’t really call them outright sweet. This is watermelon-meets-guava as that coaster climbs before the exhilarating drop into loops of red raspberries and strawberries with a touch of carnival cotton candy. The perfect pairing would be a pool filled with polka dot bikinis. 23 cases produced. Available only to La Dolce Vita club members. (03/10/2016)

Regular Price: 16.99

 



2013 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 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

 



2014 Petite Sirah Members Reserve

Gill Creek Ranch, Clements Hills, Lodi Appellation
94% Petite Sirah, 6% Petit Verdot

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 2014 – you can get an amazing combination of European high-quality structure with exquisite fruit. We’ve had back-to-back vintages delivering a pleasing rounded mouthful of nice dusty tannins wrapped around melted dark chocolate over sour black cherries, but with even more bacon-like savory richness this year. 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 tarry earthiness to 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. 142 cases produced. Available only to La Dolce Vita club members. (05/17/2016)

Regular Price: 19.99