Bonneau Wines Zinfandel 2005
Our 2007 Bonneau Zinfandel is the first wine produced from grapes grown in the warm and fertile Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. After aging over 12 months in French oak barrels, we then bottled to preserve the bright fruit aromas and flavors. It is a classic rendition of the varietal coming from this terroir. The wine shows a deep, dark, purple-ruby hue accompanied by fragrant suggestions of sweet blackberries, dark plums, ripe raspberries along with allspice, nutmeg and white pepper. On the palate, the wine is smooth, juicy, fully bodied and plump with great integration of fruits and spices. The finish is long and intense. While this wine is ready to drink now, it will age gracefully for several years to come.
Dark ruby garnet color, plum & berry aromas with hint of wet wood, round plum and berry flavors dressed with a peppering of spice, leading to a long, softening finish.
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August and Catherine Bonneau left their native Bordeaux and settled in Schelleville, near the town of Sonoma, where they purchased a 70 acre parcel of land. What is now estate vineyards started as farmland, a dairy, and a delicatessen. Their daughter, Yvonne, planted 30 acres to Chardonnay in 1989, which is sold to top name wineries locally as well as in Napa. In 2001, her son, John Bambury and other children undertook the production of own-label wines, producing a Los Carneros Chardonnay, a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and this Zinfandel from the Shenandoah Valley appellation in Amador County. Less than 600 cases were produced of this Zinfandel. Bright, lightly saturated ruby with garnet highlights, this viscous wine has aromas of strawberry, pear, spring blossoms, pink and green peppercorns, cinnamon, braised meats, offal, and brie cheese. Medium to full in body, it has a structured, taut entry with slightly drying tannins followed by a bold, juicy jolt of fruit with a sweet bubblegum note. The wine finishes with a hit of oak tannins. While it is a little disjointed right out of the bottle, the wine smooths out with aeration and would be delicious with St. Louis style ribs, braised and grilled oxtails, or grilled sausages.
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330 cases produced.
Aged 12 months in French Oak.