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Date Printed: 7/23/2017
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2012
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2012
(search item no. 123013)
screw cap wine
has fluid
has fluid 360
has large label

PRICE ON 7/23/2017: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2014 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 89 points
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
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 Cotes de Provence Rosé. Since this is a true Vin Gris, and perforce receives but the most minimal skin contact, it is very discreet both in hue and aromatic profile. There are hints of wild strawberry, white cherry, ripe peach, and the barest whiff of spearmint, giving way to notes of strawberry, blood orange, and grapefruit. A very lean, mineral-intensive structure draws one into the wine, rather than assaults one with a riotous floral/fruity bombardment.

Perhaps most compelling is the wine's tremendous food-friendliness. Wonderful with traditional Provencal fare including charcuterie, pate, salade nicoise, and the aioli 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.

62% Grenache, 17% Mourvedre, 9% Roussanne, 6% Grenache Blanc, 6% Cinsault

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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).