Markus and his wife Liz Bokisch moved from the town of Yountville in Napa Valley to pursue their winemaking dreams in the Clements Hills east of the town of Lodi. The first varietal they planted was Syrah, but Spanish grapes are what they are currently best known for.
Bokisch is an extremely environmentally friendly wine producer. Sustainable farming methods are used in the vineyards and natural predators are used to keep pests under control. Impressively, the entire facility is powered by solar energy.
In addition to making their own wine, Markus and Liz Bokisch sell many of their grapes to other wineries. Their vineyards are planted with Albarino, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Graciano.
The 2005 Bokisch Vineyards Albarino has melon, pear, and citrus rind flavors. Very well balanced, it has a nice blend of aromatics, fruit flavors, and acidity. 343 cases of this wine were produced.
Tempranillo is varietal to keep your eye on in California, and Bokisch is on the ground floor with this popular grape. The winery’s 2004 Tempranillo is blended with a touch of Graciano and is made in the Rioja style. 318 cases of this wine were made.