Bloody, barely charred game aromas meet with slightly dusty raspberry and tomato in this unforgettable and unfiltered Bonny Doon experience, a blend of 30% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre and 20% Cinsault. The sanguine sense carries to the palate, but so does a basket of red fruit, from cherry to pomegranate. A…— M.K.
This bottling, which is Randall Grahm’s hommage to the Northern Rhône, has varied over the vintages, but with this 2006, hits the mark as never before. Made with a splash of Grenache, it’s full-bodied, bone dry and compelling in the intricacy of flavors. The blackberries, black cherries, licorice, and raspberries…— S.H.
Fresh-flowing blood, dried Italian herbs and cured cuts of meat greet the nose on this annual Bonny Doon treat, a blend of 28% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 17% Cinsault, 17% Mourvèdre and 16% Carignane. The flavors are dominated by purple fruits, trending toward blackberry and blueberry, with violet florals and rustic dust.— M.K.
There’s a bit more fruit—cherry, cranberry—and no dust to this Cigare compared to other Bonny Doon bottlings, but blacker aromas of asphalt and char persist. The blend of 36% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 19% Cinsault delivers strong tannins and flavors of a black-and-blue filet mignon topped with a wild…— M.K.
This is the white equivalent to Bonny Doon’s successful red Rhône blend, Cigare Volant. A blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Marsanne, it shows Randall Grahm’s touch in the way the richness has balance and complexity, going well beyond well-ripened peach, melon and spicy apricot fruit. There’s a stony minerality…— S.H.
The ultimate chocolate liqeur. Winemaker Randall Grahm calls this “an infusion” that’s been boosted with brandied fruit that brings it to 17% alcohol. It’s gooey in raspberry essence finished with a chocolate dust, but a brilliant squeeze of lime adds life and zest.— S.H.
It’s a blast of apricot chutney sweetened with smoky honey and a sprinkle of vanilla. The texture is glyceriney and creamy. It’s very sweet, but has orange-zesty acidity that keeps it from being cloying.— S.H.
Dark indeed, of color and soul. This brooding, sensual wine has cherries, plums, black pepper and Provencal herbs flowing through its veins. To say it’s fruity, tannic and dry misses the point, which is Latin complexity. This Mediterranean red runs deep.— S.H.