Bonny Doon Vineyard

Cuvée R Rancho Solo Grenache

9.19 ratings
9.17 pro ratings
Monterey, Central Coast, California, USA
Grenache
Chocolate & Caramel, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Turkey, Pasta, Mushrooms, Veal, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Potato, White Rice, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

Last bottle, notes pending...
See prior notes, we're pretty close, could go another 4-6Y IMO.

72H Update:
Nose has dried raspberries, dried lavender, bag of fresh black cherries, blackberry jam, crushed fresh rosemary and shaved dark chocolate. Palate has plum jam, ripe blackberries, cocoa powder, dried leather, rock dust and fine tannins. A great finale to this vintage from Randall Grahm, our last bottle.

Last bottle, notes pending...
See prior notes, we're pretty close, could go another 4-6Y IMO.

72H Update:
Nose has dried raspberries, dried lavender, bag of fresh black cherries, blackberry jam, crushed fresh rosemary and shaved dark chocolate. Palate has plum jam, ripe blackberries, cocoa powder, dried leather, rock dust and fine tannins. A great finale to this vintage from Randall Grahm, our last bottle.

Jan 22nd, 2022
Severn Goodwin

100% Grenache from sunny and beautiful Monterey, CA.
Nose has an earthy, grilled cherry/blackberry, rosemary and lavender.
Palate has a beautiful dark fruit compote, leather, mineral dust and fading oak/vanilla influence.
A much better bottle with an addition year of resting, since our prior experience. Tannins have mellowed, but the finish persists. 2022+ on future bottles.

24hr Update: Stunning flavors of ripe plum, cherry and light baking spice. This garners an extra point (92->93) today!

100% Grenache from sunny and beautiful Monterey, CA.
Nose has an earthy, grilled cherry/blackberry, rosemary and lavender.
Palate has a beautiful dark fruit compote, leather, mineral dust and fading oak/vanilla influence.
A much better bottle with an addition year of resting, since our prior experience. Tannins have mellowed, but the finish persists. 2022+ on future bottles.

24hr Update: Stunning flavors of ripe plum, cherry and light baking spice. This garners an extra point (92->93) today!

Sep 22nd, 2018
Severn Goodwin

On the lawn for Tanglewood this evening, Film Night with Andris Nelsons & John Williams, mostly playing scores from JW scored films, Dracula, E.T., Indiana Jones, Close Encounters, Harry Potter and of course Star Wars!
Slight oak, but total Grenache profile in your palate, nice but was a little chilly.

On the lawn for Tanglewood this evening, Film Night with Andris Nelsons & John Williams, mostly playing scores from JW scored films, Dracula, E.T., Indiana Jones, Close Encounters, Harry Potter and of course Star Wars!
Slight oak, but total Grenache profile in your palate, nice but was a little chilly.

Aug 19th, 2017
Michael Chelus

Cherry, raspberry, cranberry, rhubarb, mossy earth, licorice and hints of vanilla. Good structure and soft tannins.

Cherry, raspberry, cranberry, rhubarb, mossy earth, licorice and hints of vanilla. Good structure and soft tannins.

Apr 6th, 2017
Randy Fuller

This wine is medium-dark in the glass and has those great savory nose notes that Randall Grahm seems to pack into every bottle of wine he makes. Leather, black olives and smoke are the first to escape. The palate stays on Savory Street with a big olive play on the dark fruit. Acidity is positively mouth-watering and the tannic structure is quite firm. Pair it with pork or fowl easily. I had mine with an honest-to-god Pennsylvania nut roll and almost hallucinated. It was that good.

This wine is medium-dark in the glass and has those great savory nose notes that Randall Grahm seems to pack into every bottle of wine he makes. Leather, black olives and smoke are the first to escape. The palate stays on Savory Street with a big olive play on the dark fruit. Acidity is positively mouth-watering and the tannic structure is quite firm. Pair it with pork or fowl easily. I had mine with an honest-to-god Pennsylvania nut roll and almost hallucinated. It was that good.

Nov 11th, 2016
Randy Fuller

At 14.5% abv, it’s hefty, but it balances its weight very well against the aromas, flavors and mouthfeel. The Monterey County fruit comes from the Rancho Solo vineyard planted years ago, as Randall Grahm explains.
The wine shows a medium ruby color, has a beautiful, yet feisty nose of cherry, allspice and dark berries with a palate displaying dark fruit and earthy spice and minerals. Good tannic structure meets a refreshing acidity and the whole sip finishes long with black cherry notes persisting.

At 14.5% abv, it’s hefty, but it balances its weight very well against the aromas, flavors and mouthfeel. The Monterey County fruit comes from the Rancho Solo vineyard planted years ago, as Randall Grahm explains.
The wine shows a medium ruby color, has a beautiful, yet feisty nose of cherry, allspice and dark berries with a palate displaying dark fruit and earthy spice and minerals. Good tannic structure meets a refreshing acidity and the whole sip finishes long with black cherry notes persisting.

Apr 14th, 2016
Ken Swegles

I dig this wine, and would gladly imbibe it again.

I dig this wine, and would gladly imbibe it again.

Oct 25th, 2015
Richard Eung Joon Chang

Red fruit, vanilla nice!

Red fruit, vanilla nice!

Apr 21st, 2016
David Mende

David had this 7 years ago

David had this 7 years ago

Oct 30th, 2015