Bonny Doon Vineyard, Vin Gris de Cigare "Reserve" 2016, Santa Cruz, Central Coast , CA
From the Central Coast's Bonny Doon Vineyard, this untraditional orange-esque rosé blend has an immense depth with a smooth finish. Notes of citrus rind, berries, plum, fennel, & a touch of floral followed by stony finish.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELATION (AVA): Central Coast
SUB-REGION: Santa Cruz
VINEYARD(S) : 25% Rancho Solo, 12% Del Barba, 9% Bokisch, 9% Sweetwater, 9% Beeswax, 8% Michael David, 7% Area 51, 6% Sunset, 6% Ventana, 5% Wente, 4% Scheid
GRAPES: 50% Grenache, 15% Grenache Blanc, 12% Cinsaut, 12% Mourvèdre, 8% Carginane, 3% Roussanne
PRACTICE: Biodynamic, organic
VINIFICATION: Extended skin contact, unfiltered, raised in glass demijohns on the lees
COLOR: Vivid orange-pink
BODY: Medium (4-5)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Grapefruit, strawberry, rhubarb
FLAVOR: Black currant, Damson plum, rosehips, anise, citrus rind; good acidity, stony finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Pairing options include oysters, scallops, octopus, veal saltimbocca, roasted chicken with Panzanella, Thai Larb Gai with chicken, Thai basil, lime & chili, cioppino, Brie en croute with roasted wild mushrooms.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Randall Grahm was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he was a permanent Liberal Arts major. Some time later he found himself working at the Wine Merchant in Beverly Hills sweeping floors. By dint of exceptionally good karma he was given the opportunity to taste an ungodly number of great French wines and this singular experience turned him into a complete and insufferable wine fanatic. He returned to the University of California at Davis to complete a degree in Plant Sciences in 1979, where owing to his single-minded obsession with Pinot Noir he was regarded as a bit of a holy terroir in the hallowed halls of the sober and sedate Department of Viticulture and Enology.
With his family’s assistance, Randall purchased property in the Santa Cruz Mountains in a quaint eponymous hamlet known as Bonny Doon, intent on producing the Great American Pinot Noir. The GAPN proved to be systematically elusive but he was greatly encouraged by experimental batches of Rhône varieties, and he has been a tireless champion of the grapes of the Rhône since the inaugural vintage of Le Cigare Volant. In 1989 Randall appeared on the cover of the Wine Spectator, clad in blue polyester, as “The Rhône Ranger.” In 1991 Randall was inducted into the Who’s Who of Cooking in America by Cook’s and in the same year was honored to have the “Rhoneranger” asteroid named in his honor. He has proclaimed the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation in 1994. His idiosyncratic newsletters and articles have been collected, carefully redacted, and with the inclusion of some timely new material, published as the award-winning book, “Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology” in 2009. In 2010 the Culinary Institute of America inducted him into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was incredibly fortunate to have been able to purchase an extraordinary 400-acre property near San Juan Bautista, which he calls “Popelouchum,” (the Mutsun word for “paradise”), and has very ambitious plans to breed 10,000 new grape varieties there and perhaps produce a true vin de terroir in the New World. He lives in Santa Cruz with his muse Chinshu, their daughter, Amélie, and his thesaurus.”*
ABOUT THE LABEL:
Artwork by Chuck House depicts the now-outlawed scene of such alien “flying cigars” causing potential damage to a mid-century French vineyard.