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Bonny Doon Vineyard Syrah Central Coast le Pousseur 2003

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The 2003 "Le Pousseur" Syrah is endowed with with more and richer tannins, smoky meatiness and a clear ping! of wintergreen thanks in part to the expanded employment of whole cluster fermentations.Whats so funny about peace, love and whole cluster fermentations? Whether due to an evolution of our vinification techniques, which favor longer skin contact and the inclusion of more whole clusters, or a turn of the thermostat to the left, we seem to have rendered a very serious and, perish the thought, authentic syrah. One strongly senses that the Northern Rhne is not terroir incognito to this wine. Additionally, with the 2003 vintage we drop the fairly generic California tag now that we are operating under the aegis of the Central Coast appellation with the exclusion of a particular lot of grapes from the rough and tumble [and bloody scorching] inland side of the Altamont Pass. While the inclusion of whole clusters has served to augment the size and structure of the wine, the use of only coastal, cooler climate fruit preserves the nuance and complexity which allows one to daydream without guilt of sexy, well proportioned, and sophisticatedctes blondes et brunettes.Vital StatisticsVarietal Composition:98% Syrah, 2% CinsaultAppellation: Central CoastpH: 3.6TA: 7.0 g/lAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%PairingsCassouletRoasted or Braised MeatsHerb-Crusted ChickenLamb KabobsWild-Mushroom RisottoVenisonPepper-Crusted Tuna

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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

The 2003 "Le Pousseur" Syrah is endowed with with more and richer tannins, smoky meatiness and a clear ping! of wintergreen thanks in part to the expanded employment of whole cluster fermentations.Whats so funny about peace, love and whole cluster fermentations? Whether due to an evolution of our vinification techniques, which favor longer skin contact and the inclusion of more whole clusters, or a turn of the thermostat to the left, we seem to have rendered a very serious and, perish the thought, authentic syrah. One strongly senses that the Northern Rhne is not terroir incognito to this wine. Additionally, with the 2003 vintage we drop the fairly generic California tag now that we are operating under the aegis of the Central Coast appellation with the exclusion of a particular lot of grapes from the rough and tumble [and bloody scorching] inland side of the Altamont Pass. While the inclusion of whole clusters has served to augment the size and structure of the wine, the use of only coastal, cooler climate fruit preserves the nuance and complexity which allows one to daydream without guilt of sexy, well proportioned, and sophisticatedctes blondes et brunettes.Vital StatisticsVarietal Composition:98% Syrah, 2% CinsaultAppellation: Central CoastpH: 3.6TA: 7.0 g/lAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%PairingsCassouletRoasted or Braised MeatsHerb-Crusted ChickenLamb KabobsWild-Mushroom RisottoVenisonPepper-Crusted Tuna

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