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2018 Bonny Doon "Vin Gris de Cigare" Central Coast Rosé

SKU #1408477 91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Extremely pale pink. Incisive red berry and citrus pith qualities on the nose, along with suave floral, spice and mineral flourishes. Lithe and sharply focused on the palate, offering tangy strawberry, red currant and orange zest flavors and a touch of honeysuckle. Finishes dry and taut, with resonating florality and persistent red berry and mineral notes. This wine's blend of depth and finesse is pretty impressive, especially in light of its price. (JR) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

K&L Notes

Bonny Doon Vineyard is a wine producer located in Santa Cruz on California's Central Coast and is well-known for its unconventional array of wines with quirky labels. The proprietor, Randall Grahm, is considered to be one of California's original "Rhône Rangers", and helped popularize grape varieties like Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Winery note: "In appearance, almost Cate Blanchettish in its pale elegance, a beautiful subtle salmon color (the wine, not Cate). On the nose, subtle suggestions of rose hips, linden flower, black currant as well as a slightly toastiness (methinks perhaps due to the extended bâtonnage and lees contact). On the palate, wonderful bracing natural acidity, good weight and comforting viscosity. Some discreet floral and fruity suggestions, (mostly ribes with background black-cherry notes). Let us presently offer a simple prayer: While virtually all of the ’18 vintage Vin Gris will be consumed within a year of purchase, may there be a few smart cookies who put the wine aside for several years to see it reach its full potential (and will be enormously well rewarded for doing so)." *Biodynamic*

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By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2019 | Send Email
Year in and year out, Bonny Doon delivers one of the best domestic rosés at a fantastic price. The 2018 “Vin Gris de Cigare” is no exception and is sure to be the go-to picnic/summer party wine. Similar to previous vintages, 2018 is classic Provence in style with bone-dry minerality and a light pink color. The nose is full of dried red berries, herbs and grapefruit. This is a great food wine and 100% quaffable. Enjoy!

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