Bonny Doon Vineyard Syrah Central Coast le Pousseur 2009

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Brilliant deep garnet with rose highlights and a bewitching perfume of ripe black cherry, plum, and anise, plus an earthiness that's evocative of the Northern Rhone cuvees of Cornas. Supple tannins yield to bright, brambly berries, black cherry, red currant, plum, and licorice. Silky and nuanced, with a juicy core that balances the fruit and earth.

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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 Syrah Central Coast le Pousseur

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Snooth User: dosequisXX
112336698
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 08/06/2012

Nightwood Restaurant, Chicago, August 2, 2012. Blair Nugent, Mallory Cook and Sarah Fowler


Snooth User: doonorama
14875430
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/09/2009

Elegant, meaty and spicy. Best with a gentle decanting.


Snooth User: livnthedream
35635334
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/19/2010

Dark color. Great smell of earth and barrel. Good balance of earth, fruit, spice, and wood taste. Perfectly dry. Underwhelming on day 2.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,757
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/04/2009

Lost tasting notes. Really liked this wine as did fellow diners. Paired really well with a duck and mushroom gumbo.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 04/30/2009

Wet wool and farm animals on the nose - this is real syrah! Incredibly viscous, with immense mouthfeel. Its a big wine. Prunes and raisins dominate. And there's a thick anise / licorice root finish.


Snooth User: Ceej
20660216
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/28/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: jasonkauf
32776948
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 02/05/2008

hints of pepper. no fruit bomb, which is a good thing every once in a while.


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External Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard Syrah Central Coast le Pousseur

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 12/24/2014

A nice, light-bodied Syrah from Bonny Doon vineyards. A bit too light for me, this wine was still bursting with plenty of dark, purple fruits, especially plums. The finish was complemented by smooth, supple tannins. If you’re a fan of lighter reds, you’ll love this one.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 02/27/2013

A nice light-bodied Syrah from Bonny Doon vineyards. A bit too light for me this wine was still bursting with plenty of dark purple fruits especially plums. The finish was complemented by smooth supple tannins. If you’re a fan of lighter reds you’ll love this one.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 04/10/2014

Brilliant deep garnet with rose highlights and a bewitching perfume of ripe black cherry, plum, and anise, plus an earthiness that’s evocative of the Northern Rhône cuvées of Cornas. Supple tannins yield to bright, brambly berries, black cherry, red currant, plum, and licorice. Silky and nuanced, with a juicy core that balances the fruit and earth. Our ’08 Syrah “Le Pousseur” is named for an alchemist and trickster, but is withal an incredibly accessible wine, great by the glass but also a felicitous partner to all manner of roasted meats, poultry, game, wild mushrooms, and aged cheeses.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 05/23/2011

Here's a dry, big, bold, but soft Syrah, packed with jammy cherry, cassis and raspberry fruit, with interesting notes of soil, leather, grilled meat bone and oak. It's a blend of Bien Nacido fruit and a Paso Robles vineyard and tastes like a Northern Rhône, except for the softness, which limits aging; drink this polished wine now. Great food wine.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 05/23/2011

Red-ruby. Musky aromas of cherry, boysenberry, smoke and gunflint. Quite complex in the mouth, with the texture of a French wine. Musky and saline notes add complexity to the dried fruit flavors. A structured, serious wine in a distinctly French style, finishing with tongue-dusting tannins and a slight dryness.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 05/23/2011

Here's a bone-dry, powerful young Syrah that's packed with hard tannins. The vineyard sourcing is interesting, ranging from the Sierra Foothills through Paso Robles and the Salinas Valley to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Combining the ripe fruit of warm climates with the acidity of cool regions, the wine has black currant, beef jerky, sour cherry candy, black pepper, anise and cola flavors that are quite complex. Not likely to age, but a lovely, full-bodied red to have now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 05/23/2011

This wine is one of Randall Graham's finest efforts! "Great syrah is all about perfume and the tension between the wild and the refined." says Graham. I would put this in the same league with some of the greatest French Rhone wines out there. The wine is composed of 96% Syrah and 4% Grenache and is super rich and full-bodied. Deep purple in color and a beautiful floral nose are the first to impress. Dark and silky with balanced fruit and spices, it tantalizes your taste buds with ripe blueberries, black cherries and a hint of licorice. The wine will definitely complement Blackened Salmon, Grilled Lamb Chops or any kind of Barbecued meats.



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Brilliant deep garnet with rose highlights and a bewitching perfume of ripe black cherry, plum, and anise, plus an earthiness that's evocative of the Northern Rhone cuvees of Cornas. Supple tannins yield to bright, brambly berries, black cherry, red currant, plum, and licorice. Silky and nuanced, with a juicy core that balances the fruit and earth.

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