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Bonny Doon
Some wines don't need an introduction


I met Winemaker Randall Graham of Bonny Doon Vineyards 27 years ago when he popped in at FranksWine peddling his Rhone-style wines. They've been in and out of the market over the years, but he's finally landed with a solid distributor and hired a long-time friend of mine in the biz - Bob Trimble - to represent his wines. I couldn't think of a better guy to tell the Bonny Doon story than Bob aka The Wine Guy. His enthusiasm is contagious.

He'll be enthusing all day today here on North Union Street... and pouring 6 of Randall's wines that'll match just about anything that you put on your Thanksgiving table... including this one which will be on mine!


I love the Saturday before Thanksgiving here at the shop... there are dozens of wines open for tasting, my staff is buzzing about, the music is just slightly louder than usual, folks seem to come in a little stressed but we do our job and make you unwind. Yup, that's what we do.

Can't make it to the shop?
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Bonny Doon 2011 Le Cigare Volant
Regularly Priced at $49.99
$37.49 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


37% Mourvèdre, 34% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 9% Consult

93 points - Wine Enthusiast "Offers intriguing asphalt, black pepper, boysenberry and a tiny bit of barnyard funk on the nose. It's dark and brooding, with flavors of black pepper, leather and black fruits on the palate, but rather light and lean in texture, with a solid amount of tannic grip."

Bonny Doon 2013 Le Cigare Blanc
Regularly Priced at $29.99
$22.49 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


55% Roussanne, 26% Grenache Blanc, 19% Picpoul

Le Cigare Blanc is the white analog of Le Cigare Volant, Randall's homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The great white Cigare is not unlike the great white whale; rarely seen, difficult to catch, yet its name is legend. It's a rich, savory wine with greater power and extraction than one typically finds at Bonny Doon.

What Randall says about it: "With a color as pale as drying grass in mid-summer, the '13 Cigare Blanc immediately takes me to the heady fragrance of the Beeswax Vyd. itself - pears and other pome fruit, citronella, muskmelon, fennel, along with a white flower that I can't quite place. But, the very odd thing is that all of the grapes grown at this vineyard have the fragrance of beeswax itself. On the palate, the wine is rich and elegant at the same time - great persistence on the palate but with a refreshing acidity and a slightly chalky mineral aspect."

Bonny Doon 2014 Vin Gris de Cigare
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$14.99 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


35% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache Blanc,
12.5% Roussanne, 8% Carignane, 8% Cineast,
1.5% Marsanne, 1% Counoise

90 Points - Wine Spectator "Bonny Doon's 2014 Vin Gris de Cigare is the quintessential summer wine, light and crisp, with notes stone fruits and red berries, and a chalky grip on the finish that makes it an excellent mate with savory snacks. What's more, it's a true vin gris, using red grapes (mostly) to make a white wine, though it does have a distinctive onion skin tinge that would lead some to classify it as a rose."

Bonny Doon 2014 Clos de Gilroy
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$14.99 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


89% Grenache, 9% Mourvèdre, 2% Syrah

I continue to be impressed by this rich and Rhône-ish wine from original California "Rhone Ranger" with each succeeding vintage. Cherry, strawberry, rhubarb and both white and black pepper are delivered in a dry style that is food and wallet friendly. This has a ton of pairing possibilities, from simple summer grilled beef to roasted wild game, to Thanksgiving dinner - of course! Randall suggests al fresco, and I couldn't agree more.

Bonny Doon 2013 A Proper Claret
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$14.99 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Tannat, 13% Petit Verdot, 8% Syrah, 1% Petite Sirah

Some cautionary words: Bonny Doon Vineyard is - as we all know or should know - a strictly cabernet-free zone, at least it has been for the last twenty-nine years. (This commonsense dictum is as easy as A,B,C.) The last "Claret" nominally produced at Bonny Doon Vineyard was in 1985 from grapes grown at Randall's Estate in the eponymous hamlet of Bonny Doon. It was a blend of approximately equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, and against all expectation, was actually pretty damn good.

90 points - Wine Enthusiast. "This creative blend offers roasted red-bell pepper, black gravel, black plums, chocolate cake, and caramelized beef on the umami-driven nose. The palate is tighter, with elderberries, cranberries, and decent tannic grip, proving tasty."

Bonny Doon 2014 Gravitas
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$14.99 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


54% Semillon, 43.5% Sauvignon Blanc, 2.5% Orange Muscat

One of the finest 'concept' wines I have ever tasted, it's intended to be White Bordeaux in disguise-circa 1980! ... If you understand and love old-style white Graves, you will like this wine. The only thing Randall Graham didn't say on his superb back label is that this wine probably will be best with 5 to 10 more years in the cellar!

What Randall says about it: "The nose has the haunting perfume of magnolia flowers and scent of white peaches, with suggestions of ripe Bosc Pear, sweet green grass, exotic saffron and a touch of lavender honey. But wait, there's more: A bit of bergamot orange blossom, jasmine, and key lime custard, quince and Madagascar vanilla. These aromas are echoed on the palate adding a light, deft, fresh acidity; a savory wine, perfect with all manner of seafood and lighter entrées."

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