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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2004
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2004
(search item no. 83608)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

When we last spoke, spice and perfume merchants were haggling over lavender oil, rose petals and sandalwood while sipping dry rosé at a sidewalk café in Grasse, deep in the heart of Provence. And why would they not sip rosé, a potation which so strongly evokes the invigorating fragrance of wild aromatic herbs and botanicals common to the south of France? The 2004 Vin Gris is not the pudgy, alcoholic endomorph one might expect from such a hot, early year. In fact, the acid is a bit more pronounced compared to the previous vintage, perhaps because the wine is once again bone dry, unlike the ever so confected 2003. This 2004 is indeed one of the more classically styled editions of Vin Gris to date. All the signifiers we have come to associate with classic Provençal style rosé are there—a definite suggestion of aromatic herbs, citrus rind, rosehips and hibiscus along with a very pleasing, mild astringency on the back palate. This makes for a delicious apéritif, and allows the wine to pair much more elegantly with a wide variety of foods. Here one might imagine poached salmon, assorted birds or, if one fancies oneself a true Provençal, a bowl of bouillabaisse or a generous portion of ratatouille.
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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).