Bonny Doon Vineyard

A Proper Claret Santa Cruz County Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

8.965 ratings
8.96 pro ratings
Santa Cruz County, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Syrah, Petite Sirah
Top Notes For
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

8.8

Black currant, tart plum, tobacco, green pepper, paraffin. Good, not great this year. Needs a lot of air.

Black currant, tart plum, tobacco, green pepper, paraffin. Good, not great this year. Needs a lot of air.

Mar 6th, 2018
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
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
Paul Weil

As the name implies, this is a proper Claret, with a full body and the requisite mocha cherry flavors.

As the name implies, this is a proper Claret, with a full body and the requisite mocha cherry flavors.

Nov 29th, 2016
Wineshout 💀

Mmmkay, Wine Enthusiast's tasting note on this wine includes black gravel.

I gotta say I didn't get that but there's sweet red plums and dark berries. It's got that old school feel that makes me think this is what a claret of old tastes like.

This is fun! 🍷

Mmmkay, Wine Enthusiast's tasting note on this wine includes black gravel.

I gotta say I didn't get that but there's sweet red plums and dark berries. It's got that old school feel that makes me think this is what a claret of old tastes like.

This is fun! 🍷

Apr 27th, 2016
Polly Marie

Good but wouldn’t buy on my own ($$)

Good but wouldn’t buy on my own ($$)

Mar 27th, 2019
Brandon Boesch

Excellent wine for the price. Love the cocoa, tobacco, herbs, and vegetable flavors.

Excellent wine for the price. Love the cocoa, tobacco, herbs, and vegetable flavors.

Sep 17th, 2018
Rufus King

Nice light claret (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,Syrah blend) (from Bauer)

Nice light claret (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,Syrah blend) (from Bauer)

Sep 15th, 2018
Michael Greene

Good value. Blackberries and leather with a touch of vegetal green pepper. Very drinkable with a little air.

Good value. Blackberries and leather with a touch of vegetal green pepper. Very drinkable with a little air.

Sep 3rd, 2018