Chenin Blanc gets enlightened.
Sitting less than a mile away from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Ukiah, one of the largest Buddhist communities in the Western hemisphere is the Enlightenment Vineyard. The name seems pretty on-brand, right? This vineyard exudes so much goodness that even the surrounding streets are named accordingly: Kindness Avenue, Patience Way, and Proper Thought.
Originally planted as Valdiguié, the now 85-year-old vines were grafted in 1980 to produce Chenin Blanc. Farmed naturally and organically, we picked and whole-cluster-pressed our Chenin Blanc using native yeast fermentation in a barrel with a partial natural malolactic fermentation to create a wine that’s both fresh and creamy.
Which is fitting for a wine from this vineyard. The locals believe that one can reach enlightenment by following the “Middle Way,” which means avoiding extremity in either direction. Simple living means being at peace with what you have and avoiding excess, and that’s the mentality we brought to Bohdi.
On the nose, Bohdi exudes a bouquet of honey, jasmine tea, and green apple. As you sip, you’ll revel in notes of vanilla and pineapple with a hint of brown sugar. Bohdi bodes brilliant acidity and clean minerality, the perfect pair for a creamy Main Lovester roll from Sushi Mambo, just down the road from the garage (yes, it does have lobster, shrimp, AND crab topped with a miso dressing).
In case you were wondering about the spelling of Bohdi...well, there are a lot of explanations we'll save for another day. So let's just say we like to put our own spin on things, hence, the most badass punk rock, Mohawk-sportin’ monks featured on the label.
With a bottle of Bohdi, it’s easy to live simply, find your Zen, and enjoy a dose of liquid enlightenment.
We found our Zen, did you?
Appellation: Mendocino County
Vineyards: Enlightenment Vineyard
Production Notes: Bottled Unfined and Unfiltered
Alcohol %: 13.7
Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Release Date: December 2020
Production: 109 Cases Made
Other Notes: Drink by 2022