Bonny Doon Vineyard

A Proper Claret Santa Cruz County Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

8.8336 ratings
8.848 pro ratings
Santa Cruz County, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Syrah, Petite Sirah
Top Notes For
Jamm Aquino

Best new world I've had at this price point in a long time. Nice acid, and elegant at 13.2%abv

Best new world I've had at this price point in a long time. Nice acid, and elegant at 13.2%abv

3 people found it helpfulJun 18th, 2015
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.0

Revisit. Very good qpr. Dusty berry nose. Lean and mean with long finish on palate. Want more

Revisit. Very good qpr. Dusty berry nose. Lean and mean with long finish on palate. Want more

3 people found it helpfulMar 10th, 2014
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

8.5

Brilliant purplish red with a fuchsia rim. This wine absolutely must have 30 min. in a decanter prior to serving. With this air, it yields aromas of black berry fruits, black plum, and tea, and on the palate there are notes of red and black berry fruits and blueberries, plus a nice herbal aspect. It's restrained, with medium tannins and a modestly grippy finish. Mercifully only 13.2% alcohol. Overall a food-friendly CA Bordeaux blend for a reasonable price. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% p. verdot, 8% tannat, 1% p. sirah. $16 (sample. Disclosure: I used to work for this winery, but I had nothing to do with the development of this wine.)

Brilliant purplish red with a fuchsia rim. This wine absolutely must have 30 min. in a decanter prior to serving. With this air, it yields aromas of black berry fruits, black plum, and tea, and on the palate there are notes of red and black berry fruits and blueberries, plus a nice herbal aspect. It's restrained, with medium tannins and a modestly grippy finish. Mercifully only 13.2% alcohol. Overall a food-friendly CA Bordeaux blend for a reasonable price. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% p. verdot, 8% tannat, 1% p. sirah. $16 (sample. Disclosure: I used to work for this winery, but I had nothing to do with the development of this wine.)

3 people found it helpfulDec 17th, 2013
jarred gild

Head Wine Buyer Western Market

9.1

this bottle has brett. i hope they all do.

this bottle has brett. i hope they all do.

2 people found it helpfulNov 5th, 2014
Randy Fuller

The blend of grape varieties sorts out this way: 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 22% Tannat, 9% Syrah, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petite Sirah.
Bonny Doon wines always carry a note of sophisticated savoriness, unlike any Brand X you may care to compare. This blend adds a violet sense to the nose, possibly as a result of the healthy drop of Petit Verdot. Blackberry and leather aromas also decorate the scene. On the palate, it shows a Pinotesque restraint and even a little tartness reminiscent of Pinot Noir. Savory cuts a wide swath through the abundant dark fruit, with black olives, dried tomatoes and smoked meat making appearances. The finish is rather long and the savory stuff stays longest.

The blend of grape varieties sorts out this way: 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 22% Tannat, 9% Syrah, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petite Sirah.
Bonny Doon wines always carry a note of sophisticated savoriness, unlike any Brand X you may care to compare. This blend adds a violet sense to the nose, possibly as a result of the healthy drop of Petit Verdot. Blackberry and leather aromas also decorate the scene. On the palate, it shows a Pinotesque restraint and even a little tartness reminiscent of Pinot Noir. Savory cuts a wide swath through the abundant dark fruit, with black olives, dried tomatoes and smoked meat making appearances. The finish is rather long and the savory stuff stays longest.

1 person found it helpfulJun 5th, 2017
Brooke James

This wine is good. The story on the label makes it better.

This wine is good. The story on the label makes it better.

1 person found it helpfulJan 26th, 2015
Jess Granatiero

Great body, full of dark fruits and just enough tannic nature.

Great body, full of dark fruits and just enough tannic nature.

Feb 26th, 2017
Michael Chelus

Raspberry, cherry, cranberry, blackberry, loamy earth, currant and hints of vanilla. Good structure and soft tannins.

Raspberry, cherry, cranberry, blackberry, loamy earth, currant and hints of vanilla. Good structure and soft tannins.

Dec 27th, 2016
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

8.6

Delicious, tight, and simple. Though it's concise and to the point, still interesting. Something vegetal and slightly funky in there. Berry and bell pepper twist in tandem around my tongue. And of course you can't beat the packaging.

Delicious, tight, and simple. Though it's concise and to the point, still interesting. Something vegetal and slightly funky in there. Berry and bell pepper twist in tandem around my tongue. And of course you can't beat the packaging.

Aug 27th, 2016
MICHAEL COOPER

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

8.9

I really like this because it just goes to show Randy's flexibility and desire to experiment. True #bordeauxblend style with the #freshness of the #santacruz there are notes that remind me of #loire

I really like this because it just goes to show Randy's flexibility and desire to experiment. True #bordeauxblend style with the #freshness of the #santacruz there are notes that remind me of #loire

Aug 18th, 2016