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Bonny Doon Vineyard Rosé Blend California Vin Gris de Cigare 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

We continue our efforts to perfect this gris du coeur by insinuating a dollop of white wine—to wit, Roussanne and 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 southern France, we find the addition of mineral-rich white wine adds incremental gravitas without creating ponderousness—a mortally dangerous element in a perfect apéritif wine.

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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

Member Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard Rosé Blend California Vin Gris de Cigare

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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535423,626
4.00 5
12/09/2012

Wonderful California sparkling wine. Peachy citrus notes make this crisp sparkling wine a delightful starter to enhance a meal.


Snooth User: ONUMello
103714712
3.50 5
07/17/2011

Very complex, zesty nose of strawberry, lime, melon, minerals. Similar notes on the palate. An enjoyable, easy to drink yet complex rosé.


Snooth User: cjb724
758600103
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/13/2011

This wine smells like a Riesling and a pinot gris mixed together. It tastes like cherry and blood orange, a high amount of minerals, and an aftertaste of spearmint and strawberries. Very good rose wine!


Snooth User: michael5
14745861
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/12/2009

Salmon-colored in appearance, the wine has a sweet, almost candy-like fragrance (think Sweet Tarts). A crisp, clean flavor profile dominated by notes of watermelon and cucumber with a medium finish. A refreshing wine!


Snooth User: JessicaW
15828735
0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/09/2009

Drank as part of a wine flight du forthnight at Merriman's in Hawaii.


Snooth User: tnon
30135346
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/07/2010

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/30/2009

Crisp and steely, very dry with delicate cherry flavors. The wine is a light marachino cherry color. Its made with a lot of batonage (lots of time in contact with the lees, and the juice is circulated while this occurs to maximize contact) - this results in a creamy wine.


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External Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard Rosé Blend California Vin Gris de Cigare

External Review
Vintage: 2011 03/26/2009

This wine consists of: 27% syrah, 18% grenache blanc, 15% roussanne, 13% grenache, 12% cinsault, 12% mourvEdre, 3% viognier. Tasting this wine, we find brighter, filigreed fruit notes here--watermelon, cranberry and strawberry guava. There are also


External Review
Vintage: 2009 06/30/2010

Pale copper in color this rosé is a blend of Grenache and Grenache Blanc. Crisp and delicate with tons of strawberry and peach fruit. Fabulous picnic wine.



Tasting Notes:

Fresh and bright with a pale pink/salmon color reminiscent of a Côtes de Provence Rosé or perhaps even a Vin Gris from Burgundy. Hints of wild strawberry, white cherry, apple blossom, and the barest whiff of spearmint. Palate is quite dry and zesty with pale red fruits, blood orange, citrus, and a lean yet supple finish. But what is most compelling about the wine is its elegance. We deployed far less skin contact than in years past, and in this instance, less is truly more. Delicious today but will develop added richness and aroma with an additional 6-12 months of bottle age.

We continue our efforts to perfect this gris du coeur by insinuating a dollop of white wine—to wit, Roussanne and 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 southern France, we find the addition of mineral-rich white wine adds incremental gravitas without creating ponderousness—a mortally dangerous element in a perfect apéritif wine.

3298 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 12.8% pH: 3.5
Total Acidity: 4.5 grams per liter

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