Bonny Doon Vineyard

Vin Gris De Cigare Rosé Grenache Blend

9.012 ratings
9.06 pro ratings
California, USA
Grenache Blend
Top Notes For
Ellen Clifford

I cannot get enough word play. Especially as it pertains to wine, French Stuff, and outer space. Although I’d like Uranus jokes over UFO ones. That joke wrote itself only because I also adore alliteration. Ahem. Anyway this homage to Chateauneuf de Pape’s refusal to allow UFOs in its terroir (I don’t let them in mine either, honestly) is ever so transparent in what is in it, ever so zing pow wow, but shhhhhh chillout sweet babygirl that I am now a Bonny Doon convert. I wish I could say I was more than a half glass in writing this but you can blame to wordplay/slight tawdry-ness/silliness on...me. And the following tasting notes don’t do anything to actually explain this wine. Less than the prior paragraph anyway. But know it is more than the sum of its parts. But! If you want tech:
Appearance: pale pink. Nose of red fruits of all types, Whole Foods bulk section and a new fountain perhaps in a cheeky avant- garde art garden. Tongue: dry, medium acid, medium alcohol (whoops it’s 13.5!) body is silky and neatly suede-y. You’ll taste bright underripe strawberries, overripe raspberries, maybe an iris or so and something mineral and also green let’s call it pussywillows just to keep me thematically on track. Finish is medium plus with a hint of candied fruit punch.

I cannot get enough word play. Especially as it pertains to wine, French Stuff, and outer space. Although I’d like Uranus jokes over UFO ones. That joke wrote itself only because I also adore alliteration. Ahem. Anyway this homage to Chateauneuf de Pape’s refusal to allow UFOs in its terroir (I don’t let them in mine either, honestly) is ever so transparent in what is in it, ever so zing pow wow, but shhhhhh chillout sweet babygirl that I am now a Bonny Doon convert. I wish I could say I was more than a half glass in writing this but you can blame to wordplay/slight tawdry-ness/silliness on...me. And the following tasting notes don’t do anything to actually explain this wine. Less than the prior paragraph anyway. But know it is more than the sum of its parts. But! If you want tech:
Appearance: pale pink. Nose of red fruits of all types, Whole Foods bulk section and a new fountain perhaps in a cheeky avant- garde art garden. Tongue: dry, medium acid, medium alcohol (whoops it’s 13.5!) body is silky and neatly suede-y. You’ll taste bright underripe strawberries, overripe raspberries, maybe an iris or so and something mineral and also green let’s call it pussywillows just to keep me thematically on track. Finish is medium plus with a hint of candied fruit punch.

Apr 18th, 2019
Michael Chelus

Cherry, lemon curd, peach, strawberry, cream, raspberry and limestone. Great acidity and balance.

Cherry, lemon curd, peach, strawberry, cream, raspberry and limestone. Great acidity and balance.

Mar 17th, 2019
Randy Fuller

The ‘18 Vin Gris de Cigare is very pale pink in the glass, quite lovely in fact. The nose shows red fruit and a light floral note with a savory mineral edge. The palate displays cherries and apples, with a very light and creamy mouthfeel, yet with a wonderful acidity.

The ‘18 Vin Gris de Cigare is very pale pink in the glass, quite lovely in fact. The nose shows red fruit and a light floral note with a savory mineral edge. The palate displays cherries and apples, with a very light and creamy mouthfeel, yet with a wonderful acidity.

Mar 15th, 2019
Meredith Hu

Fresh peach, strawberry, and lemon curd. Medium minus acidity.

Fresh peach, strawberry, and lemon curd. Medium minus acidity.

1 person found it helpfulMay 1st, 2019
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Lithe and intensely perfumed, this graceful California Rosé exhibits racy red berry and citrus fruit character, while showing surprising power given its light weight feel. Floral and mineral notes add complexity and drive a very long, sharply delineated finish. $16.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2019)

Lithe and intensely perfumed, this graceful California Rosé exhibits racy red berry and citrus fruit character, while showing surprising power given its light weight feel. Floral and mineral notes add complexity and drive a very long, sharply delineated finish. $16.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2019)

1 person found it helpfulMar 26th, 2019
Frank Lin

Refreshing and great balance of fruit and acidity. Not too dry and not too sweet. Very easy drinking.

Refreshing and great balance of fruit and acidity. Not too dry and not too sweet. Very easy drinking.

Jun 6th, 2019
Christina Anne

North Market

North Market

May 12th, 2019
Jade Erickson

Rather mellow, almost boring compared to other wines, but would be great as a summer sipping wine or at a party for varied tastes.

This wine is quite emblematic of the “quieter” wines in a more natural, less manipulated fashion.

This Vin Gris is made from bespoke grapes and is not a byproduct of red wine production, per se. Harvested at the appropriate ripeness level for its style. The essential principle here is that less is truly more.

A pale pink wine made with the scantest skin contact. As a result, the wine is somewhat lighter and more delicate on the palate with minimal astringency and perhaps more of a floral aspect than doonright fruitiness. The perfume of this wine is subtle, haunting, not vulgar or tawdry, like some of the louche rosés de la nuit. Enfin, this wine is all about elegance and restraint. Rosehips, cassis, fraises de bois, citrus rind, with a wonderfully austere stony finish.

Just begs for oysters or stone crab.

Rather mellow, almost boring compared to other wines, but would be great as a summer sipping wine or at a party for varied tastes.

This wine is quite emblematic of the “quieter” wines in a more natural, less manipulated fashion.

This Vin Gris is made from bespoke grapes and is not a byproduct of red wine production, per se. Harvested at the appropriate ripeness level for its style. The essential principle here is that less is truly more.

A pale pink wine made with the scantest skin contact. As a result, the wine is somewhat lighter and more delicate on the palate with minimal astringency and perhaps more of a floral aspect than doonright fruitiness. The perfume of this wine is subtle, haunting, not vulgar or tawdry, like some of the louche rosés de la nuit. Enfin, this wine is all about elegance and restraint. Rosehips, cassis, fraises de bois, citrus rind, with a wonderfully austere stony finish.

Just begs for oysters or stone crab.

Apr 4th, 2019
Andrew Lohse

Andrew had this 2 months ago

Andrew had this 2 months ago

May 3rd, 2019
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9.1

B had this 3 days ago

B had this 3 days ago

Jun 24th, 2019