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2016 Vin Gris de Cigare
Wine Specs
49% Grenache, 19% Grenache Blanc, 13% Mourvèdre, 12% Carignane, 4% Cinsaut, 3% Roussanne
Central Coast
6.3 g/L
Serving Temperature
50-55º F
Label Artist
Chuck House
Alcohol %
James Suckling
Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Vin Gris de Cigare

Pink Wine of the Earth

As seen in the New York Times - "20 Wines Under $20: The Savory Side of Rosé" & Food & Wine's "Best Rosé Wines Under $20 to Drink All Year"

The wine does not overwhelm one with fruitybombasticity; it’s charms are seductively subtle. An extremely elegant and complex Vin Gris de Cigare.

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This wine is quite emblematic of the great sea change that has occurred at Bonny Doon Vineyard since the sell-off/ draw-down of the Ginormous Doonamath, whereby we have essayed a most sincere effort to make “quieter” wines in a more natural, less manipulated fashion. As such, this Vin Gris is made from bespoke grapes and is not a byproduct of red wine production, per se. We harvested at the appropriate ripeness level for its style. The essential principle here is that less is truly more.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The ’16 Vin Gris is a bit of a departure from recent vintages, somewhat deeper in color and definitely a bit fruitier than some, though the fruit is perhaps (at least at this stage) more of the dark and brooding variety, particularly suggestive of black currants, Damson plum and rosehips. In our modern world, one must never, ever, ever, make anything like a health claim for an alcoholic beverage. Les français, on the other hand, have no difficulty believing that a properly selected wine can remediate, if not cure almost any medical or existential complaint. So, no, I’m not saying that the Vin Gris has a calmative effect on jangled nerves, nor that it creates an immense feeling of well-being almost immediately upon just scenting it, even before the first sip. (Though it does smell an awful lot like any of the sundry tisanes (tilleul, eglantine) that will definitely do you some good.) Its perfume is subtle, haunting, not vulgar or tawdry, like some of the louche rosés de la nuit. Enfin, this wine is all about elegance and restraint. Rosehips, cassis, fraises de bois, citrus rind, with a wonderfully austere stony finish.
91 Points, James Suckling, "A fresh and beautiful grenache with strawberry, cherry blossom, lemon and cream character. Medium body. A clean and bright finish. A blend of grenache, grenache blanc, mourvèdre, carignan, cinsault and roussanne... Drink now." (Dec. 2017) | 90 points, Jeb Dunnuck, "Randall makes a terrific, classically styled rosé and the 2016 Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé is reminiscent of a classy pink from Provence. Grapefruit, strawberries, spice and hints of rose petal all emerge from this medium bodied, supple, elegant and straight up delicious rose." (Aug. 2017)
GOLD - 97 POINTS - 31st Annual Ojai Wine Festival (Judged by StAR, Sommeliers of the American Riviera)
Vineyard Notes
The Grenache for our Vin Gris came principally from the Alta Loma Vineyard, harvested at the appropriate maturity level for this elegant style of wine. The Mourvèdre came from Del Barba Vineyard in Contra Costa County. About 22% of the wine is composed of traditional white Rhône varieties in substantial part from the Beeswax Vineyard, adding a surprising richness and foundation.
Production Notes
We also employed the practice of post-fermentation bâtonnage—the stirring or resuspension of yeast lees—to give the wine a certain creaminess of texture.
Food Pairing Notes
Just begs for oysters or stone crab. Chef Gwen Ashley Walter of also recommends smoked trout mousse.
21,200 cases
Other Notes
Ingredients: Grapes, tartaric acid and sulfur dioxide. In the winemaking process, the following were utilized: Indigenous yeast, yeast nutrients and bentonite. At the time of bottling, this product contained: 60 ppm total SO2 and 25 ppm free SO2
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