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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Big House Red 2001
Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Big House Red 2001
(search item no. 52588)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Another break-out hit for the recidivist partisans of this eclectic pan-Mediterranean blend. We altered our varietal mix just a tad this year and introduced a substantial amount of cabernet franc into the concoction. Big House Red is all about fragrance, spice and soft tannins. It has a fragrance of mint and garrigue, with insinuations of blackberry and the ubiquitous framboise. Not a wine that you would want to serve to the Queen (in virtue of its unregenerate rusticity), it is nevertheless a wine that is the perfect complement to barbecue, pasta, pizza and all of the major non-vegan groups.

"Named after a maximum security prison, this is an inky-dark wine, rich and dense, from Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm. It stains the side of the glass with thick, oozing streaks. The dark stone-fruity aromas are accented with lavender, then give way to flavors of plum, black olive and nectarine. Hefty tannins grip the tongue and coat the palate. Despite the volume, there's considerable finesse and balance. Don't be put off by the screw top."
-Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Values

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About Bonny Doon Vineyard:

Bonny Doon Vineyard is situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the tiny hamlet of Bonny Doon. The winery was founded in 1983 by the Grahm family. Randall Grahm, Winemaker and President-for-Life of Bonny Doon Vineyard, was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended Uncle Charlie's Summer Camp, excuse me, the prestigious University of California at Santa Cruz, where he was a permanent Liberal Arts major. A complete and insufferable wine fanatic, he returned to the University of California at Davis to complete a degree in viticulture in 1979. Grahm is known as the "Rhone Ranger" for his pioneering work in the popularization of Rhone and Provencal varieties in California. Bonny Doon produces an array of such favorites as: Vin Gris de Cigare (thinking person's pink wine), Le Sophiste (Roussanne/Marsanne melange), Clos de Gilroy (young, fruity Grenache), Le Cigare Volant (Cryptoneuf-du-Pape), Garnacha (the strong Pink Wine), and a dramatically intense Muscat "Vin de Glaciere" (wine of the icebox).