A Possible Pour Wine Review: Tasting Bokisch 2015 Tempranillo

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A little bit of Spain in Lodi,California


By: Carol A. Wilcox     Photos by: Paul Wilcox


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When you grow up spending your summers in Spain, you’re bound to become influenced by the country, the culture, the food and the wine. That’s exactly what happened to owner/winemaker Markus Bokisch. Raised in Southern California, Markus spent his summers on the Mediterranean coast of Spain visiting relatives. It was there that Markus developed his palate for Spanish wines and his passion and respect for sustainable farming. Today, Markus along with his wife, Liz own 2500 sustainably farmed acres at Bokisch Ranches, a vineyard management company and Bokisch Vineyards. The company is located in the Lodi, California Appellation.

Importing budwood from Spain to start their vineyard in 1999, they initially planted Tempranillo, Albarino and Graciano with their first wines produced under the Bokisch label in 2001. Currently, they currently produce an array of varieties including Garnacha, Garnacha Blanca, Monastrell, Verdejo, Verdelho Malbec and Old Vine Zinfandel.

The 2015 Tempranillo comes from the Bokisch Liberty Oaks and Las Cerezas vineyards. The Tempranillo grape is a Spanish wine making staple because of its blendable nature. The skins of the Tempranillo grape are thick and tannic which helps to add flavor and complexity to the wine. Purchased through the California Wine Club $18.99, 14.5% alc. the wine (98% Tempranillo and 2% Graciano) was a deep opaque purple in the glass with mild aromas of plum, ginger spice and leather. Tasting the wine, there were mild notes of dark fruits and cherries and pepper with well defined tannins. The finish was dry and smooth although we detected a slight alcohol taste at the very end. This was a full-bodied wine that needs food and would pair well with an oven-baked roast and baked seasoned sliced potatoes. 775 cases were produced.


Co-owner Liz Bokisch loves to entertain and create dishes inspired from her many trips to Spain. Her lifestyle blog, Liz's Kitchen, contains recipes and entertaining ideas.

In addition to producing their own handcrafted wines, Bokisch grows quality grapes for both large and small wineries in wine regions including Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Amador, Santa Cruz and Lodi.


Bokisch Vineyards

Tasting Room (pet friendly!)

18921 Atkins Rd.

Lodi, CA 95240

(209) 642-8880

California Wine Club

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