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Bonny Doon Vin Gris De Cigare 2016

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There is a lovely chalky/smoky gunpowder tea aspect to the nose, with a suggestion of bergamot, wild strawberry and maybe even a delicate trace of wintergreen. On the palate, the wine has a sleek, salty, savory, mouth-watering aspect and a refreshing acidity.There is a wonderful persistent finish, making this one of the most food-friendly wines conceivable.

Brand: Bonny Doon
Wine: Bonny Doon Vin Gris De Cigare
Grape: 35% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache Blanc, 12.5% Roussanne & Others
Type: Rose wine
Style: Medium-bodied rose
Food Match: Seafood, Salade & provencal-styled dishes
Alcohol: 13%
Bottle Size: 750ml
Region: California
Country: USA

While Bonny Doon Vineyard began with the (in retrospect) foolish attempt to replicate Burgundy in California, Randall Grahm realized early on that he would have far more success creating more distinctive and original wines working with Rhône varieties in the Central Coast of California.The key learning here was that in a warm, Mediterranean climate, it is usually blended wines that are most successful. In 1986 Bonny Doon Vineyard released the inaugural vintage (1984) of Le Cigare Volant, an homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and this continues as the winery’s flagship/starship brand. Since then, Bonny Doon Vineyard has enjoyed a long history of innovation – the first to truly popularize Rhône grapes in California, to successfully work with cryo-extraction for sundry “Vins de Glacière, the first to utilize microbullage in California, the first to popularize screwcaps for premium wines, and, quite significantly, the first to embrace true transparency in labeling with its ingredient labeling initiative. The upside of all of this activity has brought an extraordinary amount of creativity and research to the California wine scene; the doon side, as it were, was perhaps an ever so slight inability to focus, to settle doon, if you will, into a single, coherent direction.

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