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Bonneau Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

External Review by Appellation America:

The third generation of Bonneaus, a family with a history of grape growing in Sonoma-Carneros dating back to the 1920s, finally launched the family’s own label in 2001. In addition to this Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, John Bambury and the other family members produce a Los Carneros Chardonnay and a Zinfandel from Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley AVA. The family originally came to America from Bordeaux, and began farming a 70 acre parcel of land near the town of Sonoma. From vineyards located between the Rutherford Bench and Yountville, this elegant, feminine wine entices the nose with notes of blueberry, blackberry, mineral, smoke, tar, vanilla, mocha, and dust – very likely the famous Rutherford dust. It is perfumed and flowery, not at all what one would expect from today’s typical Napa Cab. Smooth and silky on the entry, fine fruit and oak tannins give definition and structure. Varietally expressive notes of currant, cassis, tea leaf, and sage dominate the palate and long finish. This compelling wine would be delicious with a Florentine pork roast, guanciale (pig cheeks) risotto or almond crusted lamb chops. Only 550 cases of this wine were produced so it will be hard to track down.

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Winery: Bonneau Wines
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Bonneau Wines:
Bonneau Winery is operated by the third generation of Bonneaus with family history dating back to the early 1920s in the Sonoma – Los Carneros appellation. The Bonneaus originally came to America from the vineyard lands of Bordeaux, France and began farming a 70 acre parcel of land just south of the town of Sonoma. After growing and providing Chardonnay grapes to several well known wineries in ... Read more
Bonneau Winery is operated by the third generation of Bonneaus with family history dating back to the early 1920s in the Sonoma – Los Carneros appellation. The Bonneaus originally came to America from the vineyard lands of Bordeaux, France and began farming a 70 acre parcel of land just south of the town of Sonoma. After growing and providing Chardonnay grapes to several well known wineries in both Sonoma & Napa, the family launched its own label in 2002. In 1921 August and Catherine Bonneau purchased 70 acres of land in Schellville, about 8 miles south of the town of Sonoma, California. This was a very remote area at the time, requiring a full day's travel time from San Francisco. This area reminded the Bonneaus of the Bordeaux region of France near the area where they were born. The Bonneaus farmed the land, had a dairy and ran a small country store/deli. Although the vineyard has long since replaced the dairy, the members of the family still operate businesses that the Bonneaus started. In 1989 their daughter, Yvonne, fulfilled Catherine's vision of having a vineyard. She planted 30 acres of Chardonnay grapes on premium rootstock. Yvonne, as matriarch of the family farm, began supplying some of the best known wineries in Sonoma and Napa. The vineyard consistently received high praise for the quality of the fruit. Yvonne looked forward to the day the family could produce their own wines. In 2001, her son, John Bambury, began spearheading the wine making operations on behalf of Yvonne's four children by introducing Bonneau Wines with the 2002 Los Carneros, Chardonnay. Since then Bonneau Wines has produced Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The family's commitment to making fine wines has already been recognized by wine aficionados, critics and everyday wine lovers alike. Bonneau sources its red varietal grapes from top vineyards in Sonoma, Napa, & Amador counties. Winery operations take place in Kenwood. Barrels are aged in caves sunk deep in the foothills located on the west side of the Sonoma Valley. Tasting Room Open 7 days a week from 11am - 6:00pm Read less

External Reviews for Bonneau Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: Appellation America
04/07/2011

The third generation of Bonneaus, a family with a history of grape growing in Sonoma-Carneros dating back to the 1920s, finally launched the family’s own label in 2001. In addition to this Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, John Bambury and the other family members produce a Los Carneros Chardonnay and a Zinfandel from Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley AVA. The family originally came to America from Bordeaux, and began farming a 70 acre parcel of land near the town of Sonoma. From vineyards located between the Rutherford Bench and Yountville, this elegant, feminine wine entices the nose with notes of blueberry, blackberry, mineral, smoke, tar, vanilla, mocha, and dust – very likely the famous Rutherford dust. It is perfumed and flowery, not at all what one would expect from today’s typical Napa Cab. Smooth and silky on the entry, fine fruit and oak tannins give definition and structure. Varietally expressive notes of currant, cassis, tea leaf, and sage dominate the palate and long finish. This compelling wine would be delicious with a Florentine pork roast, guanciale (pig cheeks) risotto or almond crusted lamb chops. Only 550 cases of this wine were produced so it will be hard to track down.



Tasting Notes:

Sourced from top Napa Valley vineyards located between the Rutherford Bench and Yountville, Bonneau's first red wine release shows a deep purple-ruby color with aromas of blackberry and black cherry intermixed with mocha, cassis, and spice. This Cabernet is full-bodied and juicy on the palate with finely integrated tannins and silky smooth texture where more ripe, juicy black fruits emerge. The finish is succulent and expansive. While this wine is a treat to enjoy in it's youth, it will continue to gain depth and richness for 5-7 years. Food Pairings: Well aged cheeses (Asiago and Blue Cheese, especially), hearty pasta dishes (canalone, carbonara), steaks, roasts and wild game.

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Aged 22 months in French Oak.

Notes: 30% French Oak


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