Steph and Gordon attended the Bourboulenc release party at Acquiesce Winery. Bourboulenc is a white varietal primarily grown in southeastern France. Commonly used in white Rhone style blends, it is unusual for it to be bottled as a single varietal. But unusual or off the beaten path is standard operating procedure for Acquiesce. Winemaker Sue Tipton tends to gravitate towards obscure varieties, and in doing so has set a trend that is catching on in Lodi.
2017 Acquiesce Bourboulenc $28 – pale to moderate straw color, with an intriguing brightness. Once it warmed up a bit, the nose was full of melon, pear, orange peel and floral notes. The palate had pleasant, slightly less than medium acidity. Clean but not particularly tart. Mouthfeel was almost silky, with some sort of white stone fruit dominating the attack. Shell-like minerality kicked in on the mid palate, with an orange peel note. The mineral notes carried on to the finish, along with a vaguely nutty essence. This wine is easily quaffed, but would be fantastic paired with a lightly spiced white fish such as halibut or cod. Would also pair nicely with a wide range of Asian cuisine.
Only 63 cases of this wine were produced. Acquiesce wines can be ordered from their website at http://www.acquiescevineyards.com/Wines