Best Buy, Year’s Best Rosés - Wine & Spirits
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. Rosehips, cassis, fraises de bois, citrus rind, with a wonderfully austere stony finish.
$18.00 per bottle / $194.40 per case
$15.30 per bottle / $172.80 per case (Members)
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.
The ’17 Vin Gris is a return to form from recent vintages,
and a true expression of a proper Vin Gris, which is to say
a pale pink wine made with the scantest skin contact. As a
result, the wine is somewhat lighter and more delicate on the
palate with minimal astringency and perhaps more of a floral
aspect than doonright fruitiness. The perfume of this wine
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.
The Grenache for our Vin Gris came from bespoke sections
of the Alta Loma Vineyard, harvested at the appropriate
maturity level for this elegant style of wine. About 24% of
the wine is composed of traditional white Rhône varieties in
substantial part from the Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo
Seco district of Monterey, adding a surprising richness
and foundation. We also employed the practice of postfermentation
bâtonnage—the stirring or re-suspension of
yeast lees—to give the wine a certain creaminess of texture.
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.
The wine does not overwhelm one with fruity-bombasticity; it’s charms are seductively subtle. An
extremely elegant and complex Vin Gris de Cigare.
Food Pairing Notes
Just begs for oysters or stone crab.
Ingredients: Grapes, tartaric acid, enzyme, and sulfur dioxide. In the
winemaking process, the following were utilized: yeast, yeast
nutrients, and bentonite.