Bokisch Tempranillo 2014
What does the name “Bokisch” have to do with Spain? Although Markus was raised in California, he spent his childhood summers in Spain with his family. In the Spanish tradition, he was given wine with water at meals. As he grew older each year the wine & water started turning from a light pink to a deep purple. Little did Markus know, his tastebuds from then on were programmed towards Spanish wines.
In 1992, Liz & Markus moved to Spain and worked in the Spanish wine industry in Raimat and the Penedes. Upon their return, they purchased their Terra Alta Vineyards property in the Clements Hills.
Thus began Bokisch Vineyards. Using their Spanish connections they began importing budwood and in 1999 they planted the Las Cerezas Vineyard, known as their “motherblock,” of Tempranillo, Albariño and Graciano. They produced their first vintage of Iberian wines under the Bokisch label in 2001. Now they specialize in 9 different award winning wines which also include Garnacha, Garnacha Blanca, Monastrell, Verdejo and Verdelho.
Tasting Notes for the 2014 Tempranillo: Deep Purple. That is what meets your eye as you twirl this gorgeous wine in your glass. Aromas of Bing cherry and ripe Santa Rosa plums combine with hints of cedar smoke, sage and cocoa powder. Our 2014 Tempranillo exhibits a mélange of dark berries on the palate with dark chocolate, carob and tart raspberry plum jam. The beautifully structured tannins make this a perfect wine for aging in the Spanish tradition of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. Enjoy now and for many years into the future! Liz suggest pairing this wine with peppercorn crusted filet mignon with wild mushrooms port sauce or a traditional whole roasted chicken seasoned with smoked paprika and preserved lemons.