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2016 Clos de Gilroy
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
82% Grenache, 18% Syrah
Appellation
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
34% Alta Loma, 34% Rancho Solo, 18% Wolff, 11% Lieff, 3% Shokrian
TA
5.9 g/L
pH
3.65
Aging
Optimal Drinkability: Drinkable upon release (September 2017), 5+ years ageability
Serving Temperature
53-55º F
Alcohol %
13.1
Wine Enthusiast
91

2016 Clos de Gilroy

Central Coast Grenache

91 Points Wine Enthusiast 

Note well, the fruit for this wine does not, despite its name, derive from Gilroy, but instead primarily from the vivaciously scented Alta Loma vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County, accompanied by equally expressive Grenache from Rancho Solo, located just outside the wind-swept, tumble-weeded town of Soledad.

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For a long time I went to bed aïoli, clovèd in nothing but the barest essential oils. The Wine Formerly Known as Clos de Gilroy (TWFKaCdG) pays homage to the quaint, rustic town of Gilroy, the spiritual locus of all matters alliaceous. However, note well, the fruit for this wine does not, despite its name, derive from Gilroy, but instead primarily from the vivaciously scented Alta Loma vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County, accompanied by equally expressive Grenache from Rancho Solo, located just outside the wind-swept, tumble-weeded town of Soledad. (Il faut souffrir.) The blend is completed by some very peppery Syrah from ultra-cool Edna Valley. But, Grenache is really the star of the show, and it exhibits all the hallmarks of exceptional coolth—bright raspberries, red fruit, esp. black currant, with a strong suggestion of black pepper and mint, a whiff of dark earth, and a supple, lingering finish.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
We aim for weapons-grade fruit from our sundry Grenache vineyards, with the intent of producing killer Cigare, but sometimes we end up Clos (but no Cigare). A somewhat more elegant Clos de Gilroy than one has typically seen in years past, this wine has the elegance of a Proustian madeleine, and supports the notion that Grenache is the stylistic analogue (writ South) of Burgundian Pinot noir. This wine is exceptionally spicy, peppery and perfumed, and pairs exceptionally well with a range of dishes, not the least being peppered ahi tuna steak. Best served with a slight chill, especially as the weather warms up.
Production Notes
Bonny Doon Vineyard’s winemaking practice is exceptionally light-handed, with minimal intervention and manipulation. We created the 2016 Clos de Gilroy from hand-harvested grapes deriving from five Central Coast vineyards. The fruit was hand-sorted, gently destemmed, and cold soaked to enhance avor and color extraction. The must was gently punched doon to gently enhance extraction and underwent somewhat extended maceration for greater integration.
Food Pairing Notes
Ahi tuna steak.
Production
1,309 cases
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