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Bonny Doon "Contra" 2009

External Review by Astor Wines & Spirits:

Contradiction in ideals, contrary notions to common CA winemaking are Randall Grahm's monikers. From Carignan, grown in Contra Costa County, contrapuntally placed with a bit of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah in the mix, aromas of cherries and licorice, flavorful cassis, blackberries comingle supported by carignan's rustic backbone. Pair with grilled, roasted meats, but pleasuarbly soft enough to drink on its own.

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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

External Reviews for Bonny Doon "Contra"

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
05/21/2011

Contradiction in ideals, contrary notions to common CA winemaking are Randall Grahm's monikers. From Carignan, grown in Contra Costa County, contrapuntally placed with a bit of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah in the mix, aromas of cherries and licorice, flavorful cassis, blackberries comingle supported by carignan's rustic backbone. Pair with grilled, roasted meats, but pleasuarbly soft enough to drink on its own.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
03/02/2013

Bonny Doon has always been one of my favorite producers — everything organically grown; eccentric winemaker; complex and friendly wines. The Contra field blend is lighter than I’d expected but with fresh blueberry and plum flavors dominating red berry underlying and subtle smoke and bacon notes. A fierce match for Mexican or other savory and spicy dishes. Also pick one up for that friend of yours who thinks he doesn't like red wines — the softness of this wine is sure to win over even the pickiest of drinkers!



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