Listen, don’t feel embarrassed that you don’t know what this is - much less how to say it. Between American and Kiwi accents we can’t promise we’re nailing the pronunciation ourselves. However you choose to bring this bouncy, buoyant word to life one thing is for certain; she’s quite the special unicorn.
This rare variety is an ancient white grape hailing from the Southern Rhône, with some believing it’s place of origin to be Greece (Asprokondoura). Bourboulenc has the neat ability to maintain acidity and freshness even in the warm climates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape or, more locally, California. This particular fruit, one of only two vineyards planted in the United States, hails from Tablas Creek in South California with original budwood coming from Chateau Beaucastel. We’re not worthy! The lovely Nick Guantone of Guantonio’s Pizza in Lodi made the connection to this unique vineyard making us only the third producer in the US to get it into bottle.
Upon first exploration, it was clear we were working with something exciting. The flavor profiles that jump out of your glass were already percolating as the fruit ripened on the vine. Bourboulenc has a big canopy, big clusters, and even bigger flavor. OoOOoo child things are gonna get fruitier. Like white peaches and yellow cherries and the teeniest tiniest twinge of lychee. The Carmen Miranda fruit-hat is karate chopped by a bit of almond paste and christmas spice, a combination which shows this wine’s southern Rhone pedigree.
The wine was fermented in stainless steel to preserve the inherent “I’ve got the golden ticket” quality of the variety, and was racked off the lees as soon as we could. We’re excited and we think you’ll be excited and it makes the whole thing quite exciting.
Always (and only) minimal Sulfites added.