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2017 Clos de Gilroy
Wine Specs
88% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre
Monterey County
Vineyard Designation
39% Rancho Solo, 34% Alta Loma, 15% Ventana, 12% Del Barba
5.5 g/L
Drink now through 2021
Serving Temperature
55° F
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast

2017 Clos de Gilroy

Monterey County Grenache

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

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.)

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$20.00 per bottle / $216.00 per case
$17.00 per bottle / $192.00 per case (Members)

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 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. (This is the “Pinot Noir” that North Americans are seeking; they just don’t realize it yet.)
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast. "This bottling from four vineyards, with 12% Mourvèdre, shows loads of crushed carnation, rose petal, cranberry and raspberry on the nose. There is a compelling freshness to the palate, with potpourri and lavender flavors meshing into a background of pomegranate and rosewater." —M.K. (Aug. 2018)
Production Notes
Bonny Doon Vineyard’s winemaking practice is exceptionally light-handed, with minimal intervention and manipulation. We created the 2017 Clos de Gilroy from grapes deriving from three cool climate Monterey County vineyards as well as one warmer (but older and wiser) side in Contra Costa. The fruit was hand-sorted, gently destemmed, and cold soaked to enhance flavor and persistence.
Food Pairing Notes
Ahi tuna steak.
2,425 cases
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