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Date Printed: 7/14/2014
Bonterra Organically Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Bonterra Organically Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
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PRICE ON 7/14/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Subtle changes in this vintage will be noticeable to friends of Bonterra. We've tightened our vineyard focus, moving from a North Coast to a Mendocino appellation. And we've continued to use and increase Syrah as our unconventional blending grape, giving intriguing elements of spice and deep rich flavors sometimes not so attainable from the more traditional Merlot. Over the past six years we've been privileged to work with Christian LeSommer, formerly of Chateau LaTour, to chisel our Cabernet and refine away the rough edges to allow an elegant, Old World styled Cabernet to emerge. While definitely influenced by the insights Christian brings from Bordeaux, this Cabernet offers New World aromas of cherry and raspberry, with spicy notes of nutmeg and creamy vanilla (French Vanilla, of course). The wine enters with juicy red berry flavors, and offers a soft, yet full and rich mouthfeel with a wonderful finish worthy of an exhibitionist. You'll find velvety chocolate in this finish, a rich contrast to dark fruit, such as plum. Call me traditional, but a bone-in Sirloin topped with Blue Cheese butter and a glass of Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon would make my day.

- Bob Blue, Winemaker

Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 91%, Syrah 9%

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About Bonterra:

Bonterra wines are a natural expression of the unique climate and soil of the Mendocino coast. The name "Bonterra" means good earth. All of their wines are nurtured from organically grown grapes. Bonterra relishes the re-discovery of age-old traditions of viticulture, working in harmony with Nature, to create wines with pure, concentrated flavors.

THE BONTERRA PHILOSOPHY
We honor the land by farming organically, creating rich soils that provide healthy vines the opportunity to deliver wonderfully flavorful fruit. With every sip of Bonterra wine, you can taste our natural commitment. There's no other way to fully capture the expression of our Mendocino terroir.
David Koball, Vineyard Manager