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Bonny Doon Vineyard "Clos de Gilroy" Grenache “Cuvee Particuliere” 2017 (Central Coast, California) - [WE 92] [AG 90]
Bonny Doon Vineyard "Clos de Gilroy" Grenache “Cuvee Particuliere” 2017 (Central Coast, California) - [WE 92] [AG 90]


 
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Winery: Bonny Doon Vineyard
Varietal: 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah
Region: Alta Loma vineyard, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: BONNYDOONCLOSDEGILROY17-W
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Notes from the Winemaker:

For a long time I went to bed aïoli, clovèd in nothing but the barest essential oils. The Wine Formerly Known as Clos de Gilroy (TWFKaCdG) pays homage to the quaint, rustic town of Gilroy, the spiritual locus of all matters alliaceous. However, note well, the fruit for this wine does not, despite its name, derive from Gilroy, but instead from the vivaciously scented Alta Loma vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County.

Grenache is really the star of the show, and it exhibits all the hallmarks of exceptional coolth—bright raspberries, red fruit, esp. black currant, with a strong suggestion of black pepper and mint, a whiff of dark earth, and a supple, lingering finish. The notation of “Cuvée Particulière” refers to a slightly different remix of the blend from our “normale” edition, with Syrah and a skosh of Petite Sirah replacing Mourvèdre in the original blend. This version is thus perhaps a bit more full-bodied and slightly more peppery than prior bottling from this vintage.

Tasting Notes:
We aim for weapons-grade fruit from our sundry Grenache vineyards, with the intent of producing killer Cigare, but sometimes we end up Clos (but no Cigare). A somewhat more elegant Clos de Gilroy than one has typically seen in years past, this wine has the elegance of a Proustian madeleine, and supports the notion that Grenache is the stylistic analogue (writ South) of Burgundian Pinot noir. This wine is spicy, peppery and perfumed, and pairs exceptionally well with a range of dishes, not the least being peppered ahi tuna steak. Best served with a slight chill, especially as the weather warms up. (This is the “Pinot Noir” that North Americans are seeking; they just don’t realize it yet.)

Varietal Composition: 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah



Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"This bottling from four vineyards, with 12% Mourvèdre, shows loads of crushed carnation, rose petal, cranberry and raspberry on the nose. There is a compelling freshness to the palate, with potpourri and lavender flavors meshing into a background of pomegranate and rosewater." - Matt Kettmann (August 2018)

90 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:

"Deep lurid red. Ripe spice-tinged red berry cherry and floral aromas along with hints of candied licorice and smoky minerals. Juicy and supple on the palate; a spine of acidity adds lift to sweet raspberry and cherry flavors. Deepens on the clinging red-fruit-driven finish which is shaped by smooth fine-grained tannins." - Josh Raynolds (Oct 2018)


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