Greg and Sue Boeger purchased the Fossati-Lombardo ranch is 1972 and immediately planted vineyards. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Boeger Winery was the first commercial winery established in El Dorado County following repeal of Prohibition. With over 40 acres of estate vineyards, production is now over 20,000 cases per year. Greg, turning over winemaking duties to his son Justin, now tends to the vineyards while Sue continues to manage the business end of the operation. With a vast array of white and red varietals, Boeger is perhaps best known for its Zinfandel and Barbera. Today I want to write about Merlot, a much maligned red wine, especially since the Sideways film of several years ago.
The 2011 Boeger Merlot is consistently an excellent, easy drinking, very enjoyable, and food-friendly wine. With dark berry aromas on the nose, a decidedly delicious mouthfeel, a lingering finish with mild tannins, this wine is a crowd pleaser. Not an over-the-top blockbuster but rather a more subtle and elegant wine that gets better with each sip. As is our usual custom, we recently enjoyed the 2011 Merlot with braised pork belly, and it was, well, you might imagine, just perfect. Merlot is alive and well.
For the entire month of May 2013 we are offering the Boeger 2011 Merlot at the reduced price of $32 per 750 ml bottle or $8 per glass. Try it, you will like it.
Boeger Winery and Tasting Room are located at 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, CA 95667, only a 45 minute drive from Sacramento. Tel: 800-655-2634.
The website is: www.boegerwinery.com