Bonny Doon Vineyard

Cinsault Counoise

9.311 ratings
9.23 pro ratings
California, USA
Cinsault, Counoise
Top Notes For
Randy Fuller

The wine looks like it’s trying to become a rosé, but not quite getting there. It’s on the pink side of red. The medium-ruby hue looks like a light Pinot Noir. The nose of this wine puts me in mind of a Provençal rosé. That may be due to the fact that most of the time when you get to taste either of these grapes - Cinsault or Counoise - it is in a rosé. Stemmy herbal notes play off the cherry and strawberry aromas, just like in the pink stuff - only more intense. There is a smoky element hovering around the top of the glass. The palate shows wonderfully dark cherry flavors with a smattering of savory spice and an herbal edge. Could this be what Cabernet Franc rosé would taste like? Would someone make one so we could find out?

The wine looks like it’s trying to become a rosé, but not quite getting there. It’s on the pink side of red. The medium-ruby hue looks like a light Pinot Noir. The nose of this wine puts me in mind of a Provençal rosé. That may be due to the fact that most of the time when you get to taste either of these grapes - Cinsault or Counoise - it is in a rosé. Stemmy herbal notes play off the cherry and strawberry aromas, just like in the pink stuff - only more intense. There is a smoky element hovering around the top of the glass. The palate shows wonderfully dark cherry flavors with a smattering of savory spice and an herbal edge. Could this be what Cabernet Franc rosé would taste like? Would someone make one so we could find out?

1 person found it helpfulJan 13th, 2016
Sabina Colombeau

Sabina had this 5 years ago

Sabina had this 5 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJan 8th, 2016
Todd Trzaskos

Crazy fresh red berry compote, soft sour, sweet astringent. Lovely weight, delicious and inspired blend @BonnyDoon Vineyard

Crazy fresh red berry compote, soft sour, sweet astringent. Lovely weight, delicious and inspired blend @BonnyDoon Vineyard

1 person found it helpfulDec 6th, 2015
Rhonely Boy

100% Cinsault

Fruit from historic 140 year old Bechtold Vineyard in Lodi. 13.4% ABV

this year, Ive had a few bottles of Cinsault from this vineyard from a few different wine makers. The Bonny Doon release has been the most fruit forward and super enjoyable.

100% Cinsault

Fruit from historic 140 year old Bechtold Vineyard in Lodi. 13.4% ABV

this year, Ive had a few bottles of Cinsault from this vineyard from a few different wine makers. The Bonny Doon release has been the most fruit forward and super enjoyable.

Jul 22nd, 2020
Ben Jones

Salt, bramble and raspberry jam on the nose. Well constructed cranberry and rose petal on the palate. Good grip and length too.

Salt, bramble and raspberry jam on the nose. Well constructed cranberry and rose petal on the palate. Good grip and length too.

Feb 24th, 2017
Nick Hewett

Two elegant birds....

Two elegant birds....

Oct 1st, 2016
Nik Weinberg-Lynn

Wow! Smoky nose with musty characteristics - in a good way. The wine sings with berry flavors and herbal notes! Delicious.

Wow! Smoky nose with musty characteristics - in a good way. The wine sings with berry flavors and herbal notes! Delicious.

Jul 23rd, 2016
Danielle Robinson

Incredible aromatics, 13.5% abv, integrated tannins, a stunner.

Incredible aromatics, 13.5% abv, integrated tannins, a stunner.

May 26th, 2016
Kate Wallman

Direct from Bonny Doon

Direct from Bonny Doon

Dec 11th, 2015
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.0

John had this 5 years ago

John had this 5 years ago

May 8th, 2016