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Vin Gris de Cigare, Bonny Doon Vineyard

This wine is quite emblematic of the great sea change that
has occurred at Bonny Doon Vineyard since the sell-off/
draw-down of the Ginormous Doonamath, whereby we have
essayed a most sincere effort to make “quieter” wines in a
more natural, less manipulated fashion. As such, this Vin
Gris is made from bespoke grapes and is not a byproduct of
red wine production, per se. We harvested at the appropriate
ripeness level for its style. The essential principle here is that
less is truly more. The wine does not overwhelm one with
fruity-bombasticity; it’s charms are seductively subtle. An
extremely elegant and complex Vin Gris de Cigare.

The Grenache for our Vin Gris came in large part from
bespoke sections of the Alta Loma Vineyard, a cool climate
site in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County that
gives us grapes with a distinctive black currant character.
The Carignane, responsible for the fundament of the wine,
derived from very old vines from Antioch in Contra Costa
County. A substantial percentage of the wine is composed of
the elegant Grenache Blanc variety, adding a lovely richness
and foundation to the ’18 vintage. The Cinsaut,… ah, a
delicate cherry top note. We also employed the practice of
post-fermentation bâtonnage—the stirring or re-suspension
of yeast lees—to give the wine a certain creaminess of texture

38.5% Grenache, 30.5% Grenache Blanc, 12.5% Carignan, 10% Cinsault, 6% Mourvedre, 2% Picpoul, .5% Vermentino

United States
Blend - Rhone
Farming Practice:
Practicing Biodynamic