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