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Bonny Doon

When the talk gets around to Rhône varieties in the New World, there are few people in California as important as Randall Graham and his Bonny Doon winery.  Ever the innovator, Graham has regained the focus that drove his early success with Bonny Doon and is once again producing compelling if occasionally off-beat wines.

Who could question his suggestion of Viognier Port for example. If that doesn’t rock your boat, there is always the classic Viognier, a lovely Grenache Blanc and of course Le Cigare Blanc. To me, the Le Cigare Volant, Randall’s ordinal take on the wines of the Southern Rhône, was a watershed moment in America’s pursuit of the Rhône varietals. The same could be said for this classic blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne which emulates a Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc right down to the wine’s quince and pollen characteristics.

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  • Being a numbers guy, I'm just mildly interested in the total # of this sampling that you were able to cull down to 10. So how many did you taste? Texas seems to have a problem with distribution so I will need more friends in NY and CA who are willing to ship me some "vinegar" from time to time! For the time being I am enjoying the local stuff.

    Apr 05, 2012 at 2:42 PM

  • Lots of imports and bigger guys. We just had the Domestic Rhone Rangers event where over a hundred producers, mostly small, poured. All of us ship wine :) Perhaps you will get around to us sometime? :)

    Apr 05, 2012 at 3:42 PM

  • I live in Oregon and absolutely love the Viognier and Grenache Blanc at Dobbes Family Estate. I think the Viognier is the best I've ever had and it is really cool that Joe Dobbes is the only winemaker in the state who is currently selling a 100% Grenache Blanc. It is always refreshing to try something unique. I wish I'd seen Oregon represented on the list above.

    Apr 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM

  • Texas is actually the best place to grow and vinify Viognier with Double Gold Medal Winners from Texas Wineries like Becker's, Lone Oak, Brennan's, McPherson, just to name a few. Andrea Imner named Becker Viognier the best Viogner she has tasted. This reaises the question, Why were Texas' great Viogniers not on the list? Is it an oversight or a bias?

    Apr 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM

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