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Sparkling Albariño from Bonny Doon Vineyard

Sparkling Albariño from Bonny Doon Vineyard

Below are reviews of Bonny Doon Vineyard wines that you may want to enjoy for Valentine’s Day. Many thanks to Bonny Doon Vineyards for the opportunity to taste and write about some of their many available wines.

Of the Bonny Dune wines perhaps our favorite was the 2010 Sparkling Albarino Central Coast wine produced in the traditional sparkling wine method. This sparkling wine was aged for 14 months in the bottle prior to disgorgement. The result was a 12.5% alcohol wine with a golden color and multiple columns of beads forming a mousse in the center of the wine glass. The wine offered an aroma with peach notes and the taste included notes of peach, citrus and mineral. The mouthfeel was smooth. The finished was lively and refreshing with a peach aftertaste yielding to mineral. Consider this sparkling wine for Valentine’s Day.

Choose a sparkling wine for Valentine's Day

Choose a sparkling wine for Valentine’s Day

We also tasted the 2014 Grenache which had a translucent dark ruby color. The aroma included notes of spices and red berry fruit. The taste offered notes of red raspberries, cooking spices and mild tannins. The Grenache had a smooth mouthfeel. The fruity finish yielded to spices. There was some heat on the aftertaste.

Cinsaut Counoise

2014 Cinsaut Counoise

The 2014 Cinsaut Counoise was a blend with 67% Cinsaut and 33% Counoise. The wine with 13.7% alcohol was a translucent ruby color with an aroma of black fruits and spice. The taste offered a variety of notes including plum, blackberries, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. The medium/full bodied wine had a smooth mouthfeel. Mild tannins were noticed. The finish was fruity and spicy.

Bonny Doon Vineyard produces an array of wines including red, white and sparkling. Other wines produced include: Le Cigare Blanc, A Proper Pink, Pinot Noir, Popelouchum Cougnà, Cinsaut Counoise, The Heart Has Its Rieslings, Gravitas, and  BIen Nacido Syrah. Sparkling wines also include a Sparkling Syrah. In addition the winery produces a dessert wine, Vinferno and ciders including Querry, Querry? SparklingHard Cider and Winter Nélis Sparkling Perry.

Bonny Doon Vineyard is the brain child of the creative writer and winemaker Randall Grahm. The winery is located in Davenport, California. To purchase Bonny Doon wines directly from Bonny Doon visit their online store.

Randall Grahm is also a unique writer and wrote Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology.  We posted a review of his book online.


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