• SN: 91

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Bonny Doon Vineyard le Vol des Anges 2007

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Lightning may not strike twice, but sometimes it sure feels that way. Beeswax Vineyard, which is the source of the roussanne grapes used in both Le Cigare Blanc and Le Vol des Anges, is not a textbook botrytis vineyard; but in 2006 and again in 2007 the Beeswax roussanne developed the noble rot. Nature was allowed to run her course (though certainly with a bit of encouragement), and the result? Pure decadence. Honeycomb, clover blossom, quince paste, peaches, apricots, almonds and even a hint of caramel, all combine into a sweet wine that would satisfy the most fastidious queen bee. As long as the botrytis holds, we will continue to produce this amazing wine, but enjoy it now because you never know what 2008 will bring. That being said, this wine will likely develop more nuts and caramel character if aged, so should your preference lie in that direction, we recommend cellaring for 3-5 years.

Region: USA » California

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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

Editorial Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard le Vol des Anges

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,784
4.50 5
04/24/2009

Dessert in a glass. This smells remarkable with light honey, tea and gentle smoke notes framing the core of light orange marmalade and more intense dried apricot and peach fruit. A nicely sweet style with a slightly viscous feel but nothing too intense and certainly not cloying. The flavors are heavily in the dried orchard fruit slathered with orange marmalade end of the spectrum though there are nicely nuanced floral and exotic fruit perfumes in the mouth. Soft and caressing finish. 91pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
04/29/2009

Nice little nutty and fruity aromas, with pear/apricot body. Very sweet honey on the mouth, not very citric.


Snooth User: solomania9
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4.00 5
04/29/2009

Not much of a desert wine drinker but damn, this is good stuff. Lots of honey and nuts on the nose with a superbly sweet smokey complex character. Didn't think something so sweet could be so complex - shows how much I know. Highly recommend this.

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  • Snooth User: Philip James
    112,549
    4.00 5
    04/29/2009

    Rich, complex nose of almonds and sugars. Intensely sweet and sugary, but with enough acidity to keep it in check. Very fruity - full of peaches, pears and even red apples (a testament to the acids). Very nice.


    Snooth User: troyconquer
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    4.50 5
    04/29/2009

    I guess I'm a sucker for the sweet stuff. This wine was tasty but it would probably give me headache if I drank too much.



    Lightning may not strike twice, but sometimes it sure feels that way. Beeswax Vineyard, which is the source of the roussanne grapes used in both Le Cigare Blanc and Le Vol des Anges, is not a textbook botrytis vineyard; but in 2006 and again in 2007 the Beeswax roussanne developed the noble rot. Nature was allowed to run her course (though certainly with a bit of encouragement), and the result? Pure decadence. Honeycomb, clover blossom, quince paste, peaches, apricots, almonds and even a hint of caramel, all combine into a sweet wine that would satisfy the most fastidious queen bee. As long as the botrytis holds, we will continue to produce this amazing wine, but enjoy it now because you never know what 2008 will bring. That being said, this wine will likely develop more nuts and caramel character if aged, so should your preference lie in that direction, we recommend cellaring for 3-5 years.

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