Bonny Doon 'Vin Gris de Cigare'

May 11, 2018

Bonny Doon 'Vin Gris de Cigare'

Crisp, aromatic, and beach-worthy, with notes of strawberry blossom, watermelon, citrus rind, and a hint of minerality.
Producer: Bonny Doon Vineyards
Region: Central Coast, California
Grapes: 57% Grenache, 18% Grenache Blanc, 9% Mouvèdre, 6% Roussanne, 5% Carignane, 5% Cinsault
Price: $20
In Brief
Medium Body, Versatile
Flavors: Berries, mineral, citrus
Pairing: Aperitif, fried seafood, patio fare, fresh veggies
The Wine

Crisp, aromatic, and beach-worthy, with notes of strawberry, watermelon, a hint of citrus rind, and a mineral finish. This is true French wannabe with a California heart. “It drinks like a Provençe rose with a little bit of sunshine in it,” says Puritan & Co Wine Director Peter Nelson. Great on its own (or with bocce), it’s also a perfect match for goat cheese, fried clams, and fresh summer vegetables. If you’re feeling ambitious, see how it evolves alongside the spices in a classic bouillabaisse.

The Story

Bonny Doon winemaker Randall Grahm is an eccentric icon in the world of organic and natural California wine. Domestic winemaking tends to value technology and industrial farming over the more traditional practices favored by the Europeans, but Randall has been a pioneer of non-interventionist production methods since the early 1980s. His singlemindedness may border on mania, but we’re all the better for it, and his evident sense of humor makes it easy to love his avant-garde approach. Vin Gris refers to a very short maceration period after crush, during which time the grapes lend only the slightest pigment to the wine.

"Cigare" is a nod to a French phrase for UFOs, which were coincidentally banned from landing in the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, by decree of the village council in 1954. Thank goodness!


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