A really unique “change of pace” Cali white. Nose has all sorts of different orchard fruits and citrus pith, along with a lanolin note. Dry, broad, savory, and full in the mouth. Decent acidity and a lengthy finish with a pleasing bitterish note at the end (thank you Roussanne). — 12 hours ago
It’s always so exciting to try the latest release from McHenry and this just arrived in time to share with family; served alongside our Thanksgiving meal. The 2016 vintage was one of the smallest harvests on record for McHenry’s mere 2-acre, dry-farmed vineyard planted at 1800ft elevation; way up on Bonny Doon road. This was yet another year where they decided not to bottle a separate Swan Clone and instead released everything in the Estate designation. A hardly believable 56 cases were produced. However, the quality is extremely high. Darker fruited, this was more wild bramble and cranberry with some licorice and spice. So pure and delicious. Very primary right now. McHenry wines are quite long-lived with vintages from the 90’s drinking fabulously right now so I’m expecting the best to come. This fan will be tracking its evolution 😊. — 2 months ago
Extra credit for fun concept! — 5 months ago
Nose has dried raspberry, fresh raspberry, orange peel, watermelon rind, (light) savory green herbs and (light) candle wax.
Palate has dried strawberry, dried orange zest, red currant juice, rose petals and dry soil.
It's always a treat to drink rosé away from current release, the flavors change slightly and the acidity generally mellows; This is how we really enjoy them, just need patience.
2016 Blend: 49% Grenache, 19% Grenache Blanc, 13% Mourvedre, 12% Carignane, 4% Cinsault & 3% Rousanne.
24 Hour Update: Palate has picked up an awesome, and zingy, ripe strawberry note, like really good! — 2 months ago
Drinking in 2020. It has a beautiful copper color. Can’t stop smelling it - dates, fig, apricot. Smooth, silky, medium acid. Not too sweet with a finish that lingers. — 19 days ago
Dry, drinkable, medium body — 17 days ago
Randall Grahm steered Bonny Doon’s flagship wine in an elegant direction in 2018. It shows vibrant red berry, cherry and floral character, with herb and spice notes building with aeration. Polished and animated in character, the 2018 is graceful and remarkably flexible with a range of foods. $20.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, November 2019) — 3 months ago
Hosted Randall Graham wine dinner....poured clean crisp viognier for dessert ...nice — 6 months ago