Posts Tagged ‘Markus Niggli’

Borra Vineyards releases very interesting feminine whites

March 12th, 2014
Borra Vineyards releases very interesting feminine whites

You might have heard that some crazy, unlikely, yet very in-ter-resting (to quote Arte Johnson) things have been happening in Lodi these past few years. A lot of this activity has been emanating from one winery:  Borra Vineyards, where owner/grower Steve Borra Sr. and winemaker Markus Niggli have been making waves. One of Borra’s latest innovations, just being released, includes the 2013 Borra Lodi Artist Series- Limited Edition White ($19):  a bone dry, medium bodied white wine, bursting with refreshingly crisp lime/green apple/pear-like fruit; with sleek, silky textures punctuated by lightly tart, completely natural acidity.  This is a 100% native.. VIEW MORE »

2013 harvest continues (Kerner, Albariño, and Cinsaut from Lodi’s oldest vineyard)

August 23rd, 2013
2013 harvest continues (Kerner, Albariño, and Cinsaut from Lodi’s oldest vineyard)

Yesterday (August 21, 2013) Borra Vineyards picked their Kerner grapes, which are grown by Brett Koth at his family’s Mokelumne Glen Vineyards, tucked into the tip of the Mokelumne River’s “Peninsula” (where the river bends into an upside-down u-shape, on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA).  The Lodi AVA‘s Mokelumne Glen, for the record, cultivates the most extensive collection of German and Austrian grapes (over 40 varieties, whites and reds) on the entire West Coast. Kerner, in case you’re also wondering, is a white wine grape of German origin – a crossing of Riesling and another grape called.. VIEW MORE »

The 10 most interesting Lodi grown wines of 2013

July 23rd, 2013
The 10 most interesting Lodi grown wines of 2013

So far in 2013 a number of winery releases have come out that are just begging to be cobbled together in one group.  We’ll call them exactly what they seem to us:  The 10 most interesting wines in Lodi. We’re not saying the “10 best,” mind you.  “Best” is always subjective, and anyone would be totally correct to say that any list of Lodi’s “best” would probably be dominated by Zinfandels produced by Harney Lane, St. Amant, Macchia, or any number of Lodi’s heralded, artisanal producers.  Zinfandel, after all, is the most natural wine grape to grow in Lodi’s Mediterranean.. VIEW MORE »

Borra’s amazing Spring releases: the moonshine is the sunshine

April 16th, 2013
Borra’s amazing Spring releases:  the moonshine is the sunshine

It is so ironic:  that many contemporary American winemakers, who by resorting to Old World methodologies, are now considered to be the most daring winemakers of today.  The new style is the old style; or as The Youngbloods once sang, the moonshine is the sunshine, shining twenty minutes later… Do you have a “contemporary” taste in wine?  If so, you might be stunned by the latest releases from Borra Vineyards.  This may come as a surprise, since Borra is also the oldest bonded winery (in business since 1975!) in Lodi.  But if you have been under the impression that they make.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s 2012 harvest thus far: ideal pace & patience

September 28th, 2012
Lodi’s 2012 harvest thus far:  ideal pace & patience

Although the Lodi vintners began picking white wine grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho in August, and Zinfandel as early as the first week of September, so far the 2012 harvest has been a little more mañana and a little less of the usual frenzied poco loco.  There was a slight spike in activity in Lodi vineyards and wineries this past week (September 23-28), but so far vintage 2012 in Lodi Wine Country has been a surprisingly calm, methodical affair. But like all vintages, there have been anomalies.  Perhaps most unusual, much of the American Viticultural Area’s Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.. VIEW MORE »