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Bonny Doon Raspberry Framboise Book of Love (half-bottle) 2002

Fruit Wine from Central Coast, California
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      I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder, who-oo-oh WHO came up with this particular marketing scheme. They said our love was Dooned. They said our love was wrong. At the very least, they said our Love ain't always on time. This is the very, very long-awaited Framboise, "Book of Love," replete with a "necker" detailing how to implement Framboise as a cunning instrument of seduction. This new and improved version features the "Morrison" variety of raspberry alongst with the redoubtable Meeker and Tulameen varieties. The "Morrison" is a new hybrid, bred at Puyallup, WA, possessing a wonderful wild raspberry character. Extremely vibrant, this is the most super-charged version of Framboise we have yet unleashed on all of those looking for love in all the right places.

      Still the essence of raspberry. Our Framboise™ derives its mystique from three highly aromatic varieties of raspberry cultivated in the state of Washington, namely the Meeker, the Tulameen and the mythical Morrison, an exceptionally flavorful variety selected by us from a raspberry research station in Puyallup, Washington. Prior to the addition of this third variety, we imagined we were already approaching the theoretical limits on the raspberriocity potentiometer. However the Morrison provides an extra quantum of flavor heretofore unknown to fans of this exceptional dessert wine. Perfect for kirs, kir royals, and spritzers.

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      Bonny Doon, Central Coast, 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).

      Central Coast

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      The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

      Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

      While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

      Dessert, Sherry & Port

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      End a great meal on a sweet note, dessert and fortified wines come in an impressive array of styles and sweetness levels. Many wines in this category—including Port, Sherry, and Madeira—are fortified with neutral spirits to increase the level of alcohol, and, depending on the final style of wine desired, often to arrest fermentation while some (or a lot of) residual sugar remains. Others, like Sauternes and Tokaji, are produced by leaving the grapes on the vine long after the rest of the harvest has been processed in order to accumulate very high sugar levels. Often, a form of “noble” rot called botrytis plays a role, desiccating the grape until only the very flavorful solids and sugars remain. These late-picked wines are, accordingly, often referred to as late-harvest wines. In colder climates, the grapes may be allowed to freeze on the vine for the production of ice wine.

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