Bonterra Organically Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
Bonterra's Cabernet traditionally offers aromas of Bing cherry, casis, currants and raspberry, with spicy notes of cedar and dried cranberry, with slight vanilla notes In the glass you'll find juicy red berry flavors, and a very approachable, rich and full mouthfeel with a lingering, thoughtful finish. Good structure, polished yet soft tannins promise an ever more pleasing wine to come, with lively acidity and subtle spice.
Crafted from certified organically grown grapes from Mendocino and Lake Counties.
Wine Enthusiast - "A wonderful red wine, full-bodied, dry and elegant. It shows Cabernet character in the blackberries, cherries and black currants, but that’s balanced with an earthiness and minerality and even some smoked meat notes that must come from a perpercentage of Syrah and Petite Sirah. Tasted in a flight of much more expensive Cabs, this one easily stood out. Drink now– 2011."
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 View all Bonterra Wines
About North CoastView a map of North Coast wineries
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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17 ratings, 8 with reviewsCam Fortin - San Francisco, CA44/17/2011California and organic for $14.99...I thought something this delicious would cost a lot more money. Wonderful full body and a great nose and finish. Highly recommended.Ray Cori - Malvern, PA11/3/2011Texas Wyatt - Houston, TX53/20/2014
Just opened this bottle and what a nice surprise. Very smooth and fruity. Just a really good tasting wine to enjoy with or without food. Not too heavy like some cabs can be.27/13/2011Fair, overpriced for what you get.Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL17/1/201135/31/2011Imewine - Harrisburg, PA32/8/201151/25/2011I bought this wine initially because I was trying to decide between this and another organic 90 point wine under $20. I picked Bonterra for the label (I know, I know, but it was the only distinctive difference between the 2). Then I bought it again because it's delicious. Very smooth. Let it air for a bit before drinking for best results.Jeff Page - Vancouver, WA12/11/2011Was not at all happy with this wine. It tasted like dirt. I paid $14.99 from wine.com, and the local Fred Myers stores in this area where getting it off of their shelves for $12.00. Buyer beware....wine.com does not always have the best deals. I have 3 bottles of this wine left, anyone care to buy it from me?51/29/2011I typically do not purchase Cabernets since I lean toward Pinot Noir as my red. However, my boyfriend favors Cabs so I bought this, and I was pleasantly surprised. Just a lovely wine all around. Easy to drink and it was a great accompaniment to a roast turkey meal.mdumas - Somersworth, NH41/19/2011Just purchased 6 more bottles. Really like this wine.21/17/2011.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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