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Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé États-Unis Bonny Doon 2000

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We continue our efforts to perfect this gris du coeur by insinuating a not insignificant dollop of white wine – principally grenache blanc – into our typical blend of southern Rhône red varieties, a protocol initiated with the 2003 vintage. Though not a technique practiced widely in Vin Gris’ spiritual homeland of Provence, we find the addition of rich white wine adds some incremental gravity and seriousness without jeopardizing the final blend’s vivacious deliciousness – a quality critical in the perfect apéritif, or if one wishes to wash down a Casa Moreno carnitas taco under the hot sun of Santa Cruz. 2007 was harmonious overall and as a result we find deliciously bright, filigreed fruit here – pale cherry, strawberry and a hint of sassafras. The botanical, hillside herb notes are in evidence adding a savory note reminiscent of wild Provencal plantings: lavender, rosemary and young fennel. Alcohol by volume 13.5%

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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

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We continue our efforts to perfect this gris du coeur by insinuating a not insignificant dollop of white wine – principally grenache blanc – into our typical blend of southern Rhône red varieties, a protocol initiated with the 2003 vintage. Though not a technique practiced widely in Vin Gris’ spiritual homeland of Provence, we find the addition of rich white wine adds some incremental gravity and seriousness without jeopardizing the final blend’s vivacious deliciousness – a quality critical in the perfect apéritif, or if one wishes to wash down a Casa Moreno carnitas taco under the hot sun of Santa Cruz. 2007 was harmonious overall and as a result we find deliciously bright, filigreed fruit here – pale cherry, strawberry and a hint of sassafras. The botanical, hillside herb notes are in evidence adding a savory note reminiscent of wild Provencal plantings: lavender, rosemary and young fennel. Alcohol by volume 13.5%

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