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Date Printed: 4/19/2015
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 4/19/2015: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 88 points
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:

Based in Santa Cruz, heartland of New Age thinking and deferred transition to adulthood, Bonny Doon Vineyard has a not-so surprising history of idealism and innovation. Founded by Randall Grahm in the bucolic hamlet of Bonny Doon, California, in 1983, we’re known for strikingly original wines made from lesser-known (though no less noble) grape varieties, the vinous Ugly Ducklings. Bonny Doon Vineyard made its mark with pioneering work with Rhône varieties, innovative production techniques, and imaginative marketing that has, truth be told, sometimes been too clever by half. Since the adoption of biodynamic farming practices in 2004 and the radical slimming down of product portfolio and case production in 2006 (with a concomitant greater degree of focus and attention to detail), the wines evince a more complex expression of varietal character, a more noticeable sense of organization, and a greater degree of life-force.

Come visit our Tasting Room, located at 450 Highway 1, Davenport, CA, about 10 miles north of Santa Cruz. This is a wonderful intimate space that is the perfect venue to enjoy our doon-home wines, even if your home is perhaps Alpha Centauri. We’re here to serve mankind (wines that are out of this world).