A Note From Biba

Doctor's Corner for February 2017 - Boeger Winery in El Dorado County

Last week, between the rain storms, Biba and I felt the urge to get out of town for a bit. So what did we do? We drove to Boeger Winery in Placerville to taste their latest Barbera release. And it was most enjoyable…. the drive as well as the wine.

Boeger Winery in El Dorado County
This may sound familiar as I have written about Boeger Winery on several occasions. Greg and Sue Boeger purchased the land in 1972, mainly a pear ranch at that time, planted grapes, and in 1974 built a winery. Greg tended to the vineyard and made the wine while Sue handled the books. Now, 45 years later, it’s time to reflect on what has transpired. The small husband and wife operation has flourished and become a top notch winery with 85 acres of estate vineyards and an annual production of over 25,000 cases. Quite an accomplishment. Yet it has remained a family owned and operated endeavor. Greg meticulously tends to the vineyards but has turned the winemaking duties over to son Justin. Sue still manages the business end with help from daughter Lexi in advertising, marketing, and label design. And the wines….well, they just keep getting better and better.

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We arrived at the winery tasting room at about 11:30 am after a 40 minute drive (east on Highway 50 until exit 48, then left on Schnell School Road, and right at Carson Road for about a quarter mile). Greg and Justin Boeger were both available to discuss the wines. As I had a prior commitment in Sacramento at 2 pm, we tasted only two wines, the 2015 Barbera and the 2014 Merlot. And it was well worth the drive.

2015 Barbera
A wine that is often underappreciated, Barbera is a great food wine. And the 2015 vintage is excellent. Brimming with aromas of ripe, red fruit - cherry and red currant, the wine is lush with great mouthfeel, a nice touch of acidity, and a lingering finish. My first impression: I thought I was back in Italy. Wow, what a wine. This is an excellent Barbera, California or Italy. Congratulations to the entire Boeger family. And I think it has good aging potential, although I don’t believe I could hold out very long.

2014 Merlot
Merlot has always remained a favorite of mine. Not over-the-top or in your face with tough tannins but rather a subtle, subdued elegant wine, well balanced and very drinkable. Also very food friendly. I think you will like this wine as much I did.

This concludes our wine tasting trip. Sorry for this very brief report. Other wines produced by Boeger Winery include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Petit Sirah, Meritage, Cabernet Franc, and of course, Zinfandel. Quite an array of excellent wines.

Boeger Winery, located at 1708 Carson Road, Placerville, CA 95667, is open from 10 am to 4 pm daily. Only a 40-45 minute drive from Sacramento, it is well worth a visit.

P.S. I liked the Barbera so much we will be serving it as Wine of the Month for March 2017.

Doctor's Corner for December 2016 - Boeger Winery in El Dorado County

I apologize for not sending out the November Doctor’s Corner….mea culpa. Yesterday, Monday December 5, 2016, Biba, John Black, and I visited Boeger Winery in El Dorado County, and we tasted some very delicious wines.

Boeger Winery in El Dorado County As you may already know, Greg and Sue Boeger purchased a pear ranch in 1972, planted grapes, and then built a winery in 1974. What started as a small, husband and wife operation has grown and flourished over the past forty years, with 85 acres of estate vineyards and an annual production of over 25,000 cases. For many years Greg tended to the vineyards and made the wine while Sue kept the books and handled the business end. To this day it remains a family operation with some minor modifications. Son Justin is now winemaker (except for Pinot Noir which remains Greg’s project), Greg takes meticulous care of the vineyards, while daughter Lexi assists Sue with the bookkeeping and marketing end of the business.

We arrived at the winery about 11:00 am after a short 40 minute drive - east on Highway 50 until exit 48, then left on Schnell School Road, right on Carson Road for about a quarter mile. At the very attractive tasting room we were met by Greg and Justin Boeger. What better way to taste wines than with the winemakers. Carl Kienert, National Sales Manager, joined us a bit later.

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Let me describe the wines.

2015 White Pinot Noir - a new wine for me. Bright, fresh, with apple aromas, and a nice touch of acidity on the finish. I thought it was excellent.

2015 Rosé - a blend of Barbera (46%) and Mourvedre (54%) this light, bright, crisp Rosé has an aroma of strawberries. Excellent.

2014 Sangiovese - blended with 10% Barbera, this Sangiovese is one of the best I have tasted. A medium to full-bodied wine with earthy tones and delicious mouthfeel - Wow. Excellent

2014 Tempranillo - another winner. Medium-bodied with soft tannins. Excellent.

2015 Zinfandel, Rosa Canina vineyard - grown at 3000 feet elevation, this rich, well-structured Zin with firm tannins, has great mouthfeel with distinct herbal aromas. Not your usual Zinfandel but outstanding. I would like to taste this wine in 6-12 months.

2015 Zinfandel - this is the Estate Zinfandel. Soft and fruit-forward with tame tannins, a Zinfandel for all occasions. Excellent.

2014 Pinot Noir - Greg Boeger’s personal project. The grapes are grown at about 3000 feet elevation - this vintage is darker in color and has a distinct Pinot Noir nose and mouthfeel. Pinot clones include 2A, 114, 116, 667, and 777. Amazing what Greg has accomplished.

2014 Migliore Reserve - an Estate blend consisting of 48% Refosco, 21% Carignane, 20% Aglianico, 7% Charbono, and 4% other, this wine calls for food. Excellent.

2014 Merlot - smooth, soft, and delicious. What more can i say. Merlot is still alive and well. Excellent.

2014 Meritage Reserve - a blend of 49% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot, and 1% other. This wine is elegant, well balanced, and an excellent example of a Bordeaux blend. Outstanding.

That concludes our wine tasting. One final note I feel obligated to mention: Boeger wines are consistently very good to excellent and always priced very fairly. Many thanks to Greg and Justin Boeger.

Boeger Winery is located at 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, CA 95667, and only a 40-45 minute drive from Sacramento. I recommend a visit, Tel: 800-655-2634. The winery web site is:www.boegerwinery.com