2014 Bonny Doon "A Proper Claret" Red Blend

SKU #1341436 90 points James Suckling

 A balanced and rich red with plum and spice character. Hints of dried fruits and dried meat. Medium to full body, round and soft tannins and a delicious finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, tannat, merlot, syrah, cabernet franc and petite sirah...  (12/2017)


 Inky ruby. Cherry cassis singed plum and a touch of gaminess on the perfumed nose. Chewy and warm on the palate offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Clings with good tenacity on the finish which features slightly rigid tannins and a repeating game note. (JR)  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 22% Tannat, 9% Syrah, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Sirah

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By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2018 | Send Email
Bonny Doon has always chosen the not so obvious, off the beaten path varietals for their wines, but when they finally got around to putting this tiny little grape called Cabernet Sauvignon in their wines, they decided to treat it in the old-school Bordeaux style of a "Claret" by creating a light and fruity, easy to drink red blend that was once all the rage in England during the 18th century. And that is precisely what this wine embodies; a fun, juicy, quasi bistro-style blend that is sure to surprise those discerning palates while simultaneously capturing the delight of those not so pompous. This is a true crowd pleaser that will win over every audience with its spicy red fruit and silky yet lifted texture!

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2018 | Send Email
I won't lie -- before my first sip of this wine I expected what I call a "Flapjack Friday" wine. You know the kind -- rich, extracted and thick enough to pour over your breakfast hotcakes. Well, I stand corrected. You should buy this excellent value because it is bright, cheery yet still packed with flavor and is much easier on the palate (and pocketbook) than you're expecting for a value priced California red blend. Nice red fruit, balancing acid and the best part of all -- a low 13.2% ABV.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2018 | Send Email
I love big, rich wines. Even been accused of loving a fruit bomb or two. Bonny Doon always delivers. Let me say that this big wine is rather light on its feet. Alluring nose of of violets, black licorice and graphite but the palate is where it really dances. Spicy red fruit and vanilla spice with a slap of acidity and a smooth dry finish. Proper structure and clarity with a balance of fruit and earth. Slow cooked wild boar sliders should be on the menu with this little surprising showstopper.

By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2018 | Send Email
This is going to be a knockout with K&L fans; highly regarded by Wine Enthusiast with the quality to show for. The fruit make up on the nose along with the woodsy spice is very reminiscent of Bordeaux, but with a California touch. On the palate, the core shows beautifully and is very well balanced with a good support of acid and supple texture from the soft tannins. Full bodied, good fruit, lots of complexity, and, again, incredibly well balanced.

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