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Bonny Doon California Syrah 2001

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Winemaker Notes

"Made the way Randall Grahm likes Syrah, which is a dry, peppery wine with rich outbursts of sweet cherry fruit. It must be the blending, but this wine seems to possess both warm- and cool-climate aspects, which is often what works best in a Californa Syrah. It's rich but dry, fruity but elegant, a Euro-wine of instant, and international, appeal."
-Wine Enthusiast

We continue on our quest for the middle path. Having posited that syrah represents the eternal feminine, we are still searching for the proper balance between subtlety and power, delicate perfume and smoky meatiness, elegance and concentration. And while the French do employ the feminine article, la, the specter of this variety's modern origins in the testosterone infused terroirs of Hermitage and Cornas demand that la syrah exhibit considerable depth of flavor. We have once again blended vastly differing syrahs from various regions to push and full the final blend into a coherent whole. Grapes from Jeff Brown's Oak Park Vineyard provide an abundance of color, spice, wintergreen and the particular viande character which is one of the calling cards of proper syrah. San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey produces a much prettier wine, bright, fruity – in the blackberry, raspberry range – and floral. Ca' del Solo and Chequera Vineyards provide a very potent core of richness and tannin with an exceptionally high-toned note of violet. Still very much the essence of yin, this quite powerful wine nonetheless has grip and stuffing out the yang.

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Bonny Doon

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Bonny Doon, California
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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).

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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

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