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Grenache, ‘Clos de Gilroy’, Bonny Doon Vineyards

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 (Clos, but no Cigare), but instead primarily from the Alta Loma vineyard in Greenfield (a particularly cool site for Grenache), and some truly ancient Mourvèdre vines in the sleepy Sacramento Delta town of Oakley, CA. —Randall Graham

Bonny Doon Vineyard’s winemaking practice is exceptionally light-handed, with minimal intervention and manipulation.  The fruit was hand-sorted, gently destemmed, and cold soaked to enhance flavor and color extraction. The must was gently punched doon to gently enhance extraction and underwent somewhat extended maceration for greater integration.

89% Grenache, 9% Mourvèdre, 2% Syrah

80% Alta Loma, 9% Del Barba, 6% Rancho Solo, 4% Ventana, 1% Camp Four Vineyards

3,159 cases produced

Producer:
Vintage:
2015
Country:
USA
Region:
California
Appellation:
Monterey
Variety:
Grenache
Color:
Red
Case Pack:
12
Bottle Size:
750
Farming Practice:
Practicing Biodynamic

Tasting Notes

The Alta Loma Vyd. has shown over and again that it produces incredibly pretty Grenache—spicy, pepper and floral. Beautiful opalescent ruby color with an exceptional spicebox nose: black pepper with hints of clove/gingerbread, bing cherry, red currant and Santa Rosa plum. Maybe slightly more texture than the very soft, plush 2013 vintage. Best served with a slight chill, especially as the weather warms up. Ratings

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