Bonny Doon Vineyard Dolcetto Monterey County Ca' del Solo 2006

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Our 2006 is an examplar of “tough love”. Packed with stone fruit and berry flavors, yet balanced with a pungent earthy tones, which add a near harmonic convergence of soulful minerality to this at times too preternaturally fruity variety. Unlike the sweetly etheral Dulcinea in Don Quixote, our Dolcetto is charming and seductive, yet has the quijones to take on all manner of foods and flavors at the table. We recommend gently decanting prior to serving. Ca’ del Solo is the frontier outpost, Biodynamic® Estate vineyard of Bonny Doon Vineyard, dedicated to producing wines with a particular emphasis on the expression of terroir, or unique sense of place. Our winemaking is generally hands-off, respectful of the originality of the vineyard site. Hand-harvest and sorted, the ’06 Dolcetto expresses all the fruit, earth and crystalline mineral aspects Monterey County has to offer.

Region: USA » California » Monterey

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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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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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04/24/2009

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Our 2006 is an examplar of “tough love”. Packed with stone fruit and berry flavors, yet balanced with a pungent earthy tones, which add a near harmonic convergence of soulful minerality to this at times too preternaturally fruity variety. Unlike the sweetly etheral Dulcinea in Don Quixote, our Dolcetto is charming and seductive, yet has the quijones to take on all manner of foods and flavors at the table. We recommend gently decanting prior to serving. Ca’ del Solo is the frontier outpost, Biodynamic® Estate vineyard of Bonny Doon Vineyard, dedicated to producing wines with a particular emphasis on the expression of terroir, or unique sense of place. Our winemaking is generally hands-off, respectful of the originality of the vineyard site. Hand-harvest and sorted, the ’06 Dolcetto expresses all the fruit, earth and crystalline mineral aspects Monterey County has to offer.

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