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2016 Bonny Donn Rose "Vin Gris de Cigare"

Winery: Bonny Donn

Vintage: 2016

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Vin Gris de Cigare"

Wine Category: Rose

Grape blend: 49% Grenache, 19% Grenache Blanc, 13% Mourvedre, 12% Carignane, 4% Cinsaut & 3% Roussanne

Region: Central Coast

State or country: CA

Price: $18

Cases produced: 21,200

KWG Score: 88.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: March 7, 2017

Wine Review: This light pink colored Rose from Bonny Doon was one of many very good Rose’s that I found that this year’s Boston Wine Expo. It opens with a tangerine bouquet with a hint of strawberry. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, balanced and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a tasty mild mineral infused mild strawberry with hints of plum. The finish is dry and its finish fades away nicely. I would pair this very nice Rose with crab rangoons. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The '16 Vin Gris is a bit of a departure from recent vintages, somewhat deeper in color and definitely a bit fruitier than some, though the fruit is perhaps (at least at this stage) more of the dark and brooding variety, particularly suggestive of black currants, Damson plum and rosehips. Its perfume is subtle, haunting, not vulgar or tawdry, like some of the louche rosés de la nuit. Enfin, this wine is all about elegance and restraint. Rosehips, cassis, fraises de bois, citrus rind, with a wonderfully austere stony finish.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Bonny Doon 2016 Vin Gris de Cigare.

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