Bonny Doon Contra Old Vines Field Blend 2009

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"A stunning wine, the 2009 Contra (I believe 2009 is the debut vintage of this cuvee) is a 6,100 case Central Coast Cotes du Rhone-like blend of 55.1% Carignan, 15.4% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Its dark ruby hue is accompanied by notes of tree bark, freshly sauteed porcini mushrooms, jus de viande, red currants, kirsch and spice box. With loads of fruit, medium body, wonderful ripeness and purity, and abundant character, this delicious wine can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years. Obviously, it is a phenomenal value..." WA 07/11 "12 Great American Wines, $20 or Less: Contra is an old-style blend, reminiscent of the days when Italian immigrants planted multiple grapes side by side, harvesting and vinifying them together. This wine is 55 percent old-vine carignan, a scorned grape worthy of scorn when overcropped but winsome and perfumed when tended with care. This wine, which also has grenache, mourvèdre, zinfandel, petite sirah and syrah in the blend, is dry, fruity and harmonious with a streak of licorice..." NYT 08/12

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Bonny Doon Vineyard:
Based in Santa Cruz, the heartland of New Age thinking and dreaming, Bonny Doon Vineyard has a not so surprising history of idealism and innovation. Founded in 1983 by Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon is known for strikingly original wines made from “lesser” known grape varieties, the so-called vinous Ugly Ducklings. Originally focused on pinot noir, Bonny Doon Vineyard made its mark on the vinous wor... Read more
Based in Santa Cruz, the heartland of New Age thinking and dreaming, Bonny Doon Vineyard has a not so surprising history of idealism and innovation. Founded in 1983 by Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon is known for strikingly original wines made from “lesser” known grape varieties, the so-called vinous Ugly Ducklings. Originally focused on pinot noir, Bonny Doon Vineyard made its mark on the vinous world with its pioneering work with Rhône varieties and innovative production techniques. Since the adoption of Biodynamic® farming practices in 2004, Bonny Doon Vineyard wines evince a deeper sense of place, complexity, varietal expression and a noticeable sense of organization. We invite you to share in our most passionate and terrestrial expressions ~ the wines of Bonny Doon Vineyard. To all our Big House and Cardinal Zin Fans: In an effort to return to our roots and re-focus on the production of unique and distinctive, biodynamically produced wines truly expressive of place, President and Winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard sold the rapidly growing BIG HOUSE and CARDINAL ZIN brands in July 2006 to the Wine Group, a management-owned wine company based in San Francisco. “I had been raving on long enough about the transcendental value of terroir; it was time to translate mere words into deeds. Today, the winery is much smaller, just 35,000 cases (and shrinking) we’re making fewer kinds of wine and we’re highly focused on making the most soulful wines we can possibly muster – wines of vibrant vitality, a deeper sense of place and life force.” Read less

"A stunning wine, the 2009 Contra (I believe 2009 is the debut vintage of this cuvee) is a 6,100 case Central Coast Cotes du Rhone-like blend of 55.1% Carignan, 15.4% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Its dark ruby hue is accompanied by notes of tree bark, freshly sauteed porcini mushrooms, jus de viande, red currants, kirsch and spice box. With loads of fruit, medium body, wonderful ripeness and purity, and abundant character, this delicious wine can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years. Obviously, it is a phenomenal value..." WA 07/11 "12 Great American Wines, $20 or Less: Contra is an old-style blend, reminiscent of the days when Italian immigrants planted multiple grapes side by side, harvesting and vinifying them together. This wine is 55 percent old-vine carignan, a scorned grape worthy of scorn when overcropped but winsome and perfumed when tended with care. This wine, which also has grenache, mourvèdre, zinfandel, petite sirah and syrah in the blend, is dry, fruity and harmonious with a streak of licorice..." NYT 08/12

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