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2018 Bohdi, Chenin Blanc, Mendocino County, Enlightenment Mountain Vineyard

2018 Bohdi, Chenin Blanc, Mendocino County, Enlightenment Mountain Vineyard

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.


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Wine Specs
Chenin Blanc
Mendocino County
Vineyard Designation
Enlightenment Mountain Vineyard
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
85 years old vines. Gravelly, volcanic, soils.
Production Notes
Unfined & Unfiltered
109 cases made
Other Notes
Drink by 2022
Product Reviews
(Jan 3, 2021 at 6:34 PM)
Wonderful. We enjoyed the wine with a pork & fish dinner and the wine served its excellence. Nice. I suggest you have 6 btls on hand for those dinners with friends or a quiet dinner at home.

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Joanne Whitfield
(Jan 5, 2021 at 5:57 PM)
This is a really good chenin black. I love it's Bohdi label too. A drink of this left me feeling mellow and happy, rather enlightened, in fact. If you've never tried chenin blanc, this is the one for you.

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Zoe Mansfield
(Jan 9, 2021 at 10:18 AM)
I absolutely love this wine! Chenin Blancs are one of my favorites and usually hard to find one I really like that is light bodied and this one is right on point! It can be paired with a nice seafood dinner or i was even able to just drink it on its own by the pool! i definitely recommend trying it and you will want to buy more! I love Tank Garage Winery and all there wines!

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Kristen Michaels
(Jan 21, 2021 at 6:19 PM)
Paired well with my chicken dish. It was smooth and had a crisp finish.

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