Bonneau Wines Zinfandel 2005

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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.

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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

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09/04/2009

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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    Vintage: 2004 04/07/2011

    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.



    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.

    330 cases produced.

    Aged 12 months in French Oak.

    Wine Specs:

    Alcohol: 13.5%

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