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2017 Vin Gris de Cigare Image
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
57% Grenache, 18% Grenache Blanc, 9% Mourvèdre, 6% Roussanne, 5% Carignane, 5% Cinsaut
Appellation
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
41% Alta Loma, 13% Beeswax, 11% Bokisch Ranch, 8% JD Farming, 6% San Miguel, 7% Cass, 5% Gonsalves, 4% Scheid, 3% Wente, 1% Rancho Solo, 1% Ventana
TA
4.5 g/L
pH
3.42
Aging
Drink now through 2020
Serving Temperature
48° F
Alcohol %
13.2
Wine Spectator
88
Wine Enthusiast
89
The Tasting Panel
91
Wine & Spirits
90

2017 Vin Gris de Cigare

Pink Wine of the Earth

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.

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SKU: VGC17C

$18.00 per bottle / $194.40 per case
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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. 

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
Ratings
90 POINTS - Wine & Spirits - Best Buy, Year’s Best Rosés (June 2018) | 89 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast - "Pale pink in the glass, this blend of 57% Grenache, 18% Grenache Blanc, 9% Mourvèdre, 6% Roussanne, 5% Carignane and 5% Cinsaut shows light strawberry, melon, lime pith and wet sidewalk aromas on the nose. The palate is reminiscent of a gin and tonic, with strong lime character that cuts into the strawberry flavors."—M.K. (Aug. 2018) | 88 POINTS - Wine Spectator - "Soft and pretty, with notes of strawberry blossom, watermelon and spice. Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Carignane and Cinsault. Drink now. 21,515 cases made."—T.F. (April 2018).
Vineyard Notes
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.
Production Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.
Production
21,515 cases
Other Notes
Ingredients: Grapes, tartaric acid, enzyme, and sulfur dioxide. In the winemaking process, the following were utilized: yeast, yeast nutrients, and bentonite.
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