31 January 2015
WoTM - Loma Prieta 'Bodo's Blend' 2012
My Wine of The Month for January is Loma Prieta 'Bodo's Blend' Pinotage 2012 from California. I've been looking forward to drinking this since November 2014 when I was in Concord, North Carolina attending the American Wine Society Conference awards dinner and was surprised and delighted to see it win the 'Best Red Wine' trophy.
It's clear to see what seduced the judges.
There's a perfumed inviting nose. In the mouth you get sweet dense berry fruits rich with tantalising 'garrigue' wild herb flavours. This wine is irresistible!!
Although the label just states Pinotage the name 'Bodo's Blend' prompted me to ask Loma Prieta owner/winemaker Paul Kemp to explain. "Bodo is the person on our label," replied Paul. "A medieval magician. This wine is about 20% Petite Sirah from Amorosa Vineyard and 80% Karma Pinotage. They are both 2012 and from Lodi."