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Date Printed: 11/27/2014
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2011
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2011
(search item no. 115871)
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fresh and bright with a shell pink color reminiscent of a Côtes de Provence Rosé. Hints of wild strawberry, white cherry, ripe peach, and the barest whiff of spearmint give way to zesty notes of strawberry, watermelon, blood orange, peach, and citrus. Perhaps most compelling is the wine's tremendous food-friendliness.

Wonderful with traditional Provençal fare including charcuterie, pâté, salade niçoise, and the aïoli platter, it's an incredibly flexible partner at the table, complementing everything from international cuisine—curries, tagines, or chiles rellenos—to a vast array of seafoods, poultry, salads, and cheeses. Delicious today but will develop added richness and aroma with an additional 6-12 months of bottle age.

73% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 8% Grenache Blanc, 5% Roussanne, 4% Cinsault

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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).