Bonny Doon Vineyard Nebbiolo Monterey Ca' del Solo Vineyard 2005

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With the release of this wine, we begin a string of three excellent vintages for nebbiolo. The vines in our vineyard are maturing, and the biodynamic practices instituted since 2004… well, they couldn’t hurt. Unlike some other New World nebbioli [of which there are scant few], this actually tastes like the real thing - replete with rose petal, tar and that iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove structure. One of the greatest pleasures of wine appreciation is encountering bottles that taste precisely like their archetype, yet wholly unlike any other example - individual, particular and specific, yet paradigmatic. We are optimistic that nebbiolo may just belong at Ca’ del Solo.

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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: Philip James
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4.00 5
04/30/2009

Great acidity. Almost savory, with flavors of dried leaves and violets. The firm acids give it a literal mouthwatering feel. Good tannic structure. Blackberries are the dominant fruit, and the finish is of dried flowers and tight tannins and sour cherries. I'm not normally a nebbiolo fan, but really liked this - a good California twist on the classic high acid Italian grape.



With the release of this wine, we begin a string of three excellent vintages for nebbiolo. The vines in our vineyard are maturing, and the biodynamic practices instituted since 2004… well, they couldn’t hurt. Unlike some other New World nebbioli [of which there are scant few], this actually tastes like the real thing - replete with rose petal, tar and that iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove structure. One of the greatest pleasures of wine appreciation is encountering bottles that taste precisely like their archetype, yet wholly unlike any other example - individual, particular and specific, yet paradigmatic. We are optimistic that nebbiolo may just belong at Ca’ del Solo.

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