Randall Grahm

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Le Cigare Volant Grenache Blend 2019

This 2019 vintage of Bonny Doon’s long-running flagship wine is medium garnet in color and tint, but it smells much darker. Aromas of black cherry, licorice, tea and a bit of earth pave the way for a palate which is fruit-driven, yet minerally-blessed. Originally inspired by the Rhône Valley, Randall Grahm says the wine now seems to reflect Burgundy. The acidity is refreshing and the tannins are gentle. — 2 months ago

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Big Basin Vineyards

Homestead Block Roussanne 2017

Nicely done. I like the Amphora texture and acidity. Queveri-ish. Good food wine. For on its own enjoyment, would love to see lightly topped with late harvest Roussanne. Lemon+Honey 🐝





I also want to bury the Amphora ceremoniously, with you (Bradley) and Randall Grahm.... on an eclipse/lunar biodynamic magical night, you already got the patio with a firepit to fulfill the bonfire... cow horns and crystals for everyone :) haha
— a year ago

Rob, Ericsson and 7 others liked this

Bacigalupi

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2015

Nose of Butter, white peach, and honeysuckle. Spicy on the front and sweet on the finish. Tastes of a touch of white peach and ginger, then lychee with some rosemary. It’s a crazy good delicious Chardonnay. And I don’t really like Chardonnay. But I like this for sure. Thanks @Randall Brater for sharing! — 2 years ago

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Randall Brater9.1

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Vin Gris De Cigare Rosé Grenache Blend 2020

The beautiful salmon-colored wine displays a nose of cherry, red currant and an herbal hint of spearmint. The palate has a zippy acidity - Grahm says zippier than in previous vintages - and an abundance of red fruit, a citrus peel angle and a touch of tanginess. Salads and seafood, sure, but even better if you’re having them on the deck and can afford to have a few more glasses after lunch. — 2 months ago

Daniel P., Serge and 3 others liked this

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Le Cigare Volant Unfiltered Red Rhone Blend 2016

Pepper dusted lilac candies - a wild nose

Lighter in body than one would expect with this CDP styled blend. Sour cherry, mint, flint, river stone, the fruit is exceptional, all ripe and ready to please in its own way. Blended, dark and bright, and luscious at the same time.
Randall Graham - it’s been awhile, still a great winemaker with a talent for fun.
— 7 months ago

Neil, Daniel P. and 5 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Nice review!🍷

Occidental (Stephen Kistler)

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017

This one’s for you @Randall Brater — 2 years ago

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Randall Brater

9.3? must have been great. can’t wait to crack mine.

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Beeswax Vineyard Picpoul 2020

This wine is tinted light yellow and puts up a magnificent nose which is driven by citrus and salinity. I don’t get much of the floral note mentioned by Grahm, but there is a waxy or soapy element in the package of aromas. The palate seems a bit heavier, oilier than bygone vintages, and the salinity comes across in the mouth as well as the nose. Meyer lemon flavors are abundant, and while the acidity may not actually sting the lips, it is nice and racy and it awaits some crab cakes or grilled calamari. — 2 months ago

Casey, Vanessa and 8 others liked this

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Le Cigare Volant Réserve en Bonbonne Red Rhone Blend Reserve 2011

Delicious, leather, chocolate, berries...
37% Mourvedre, 34% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 9% Cinsault

Randall, keep us posted with all things Popelouchum, and your adventures. Best. 🌈🍷🍇🌞
— a year ago

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Bonny Doon Vineyard

Le Cigare Volant en foudre Red Rhone Blend 2013

Randall Grahm won’t be making this anymore but it’s a terrific wine. New world CdP style blend that has layers of depth and flavor but also a precise and refreshing delicacy. So much to love. Delicious now but with years ahead of it. — a year ago

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Bonny Doon Vineyard

Viognier Vin De Glaciere 2011

Hosted Randall Graham wine dinner....poured clean crisp viognier for dessert ...nice — 2 years ago