2016 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare Central Coast

A Central Coast rosé with heft and freshness

2016 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare Central Coast

A tourmaline-hued blend of black and white grapes, about half Grenache Noir with Grenache Blanc, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, and Roussanne in diminishing amounts. The white grapes contribute notes of pears, apples, and quince along with suggestions of beeswax and chestnut honey, while the black grapes flesh out the cuvée with red apple skin and strawberries. The net effect is soft and somewhat coating, almost savory, but with a fresh snap of herbs. Unlike most rosé, it feels less about sunlit afternoons, more about foggy coastal mornings.

Pair it with pastas, roasted poultry, a cheese course, savory gratins. Brilliant with vegetarian food; a natural.

13.5% abv | $18 (sample)

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2 Comments

  • Interesting blend. Now I am wondering what it would be like if the Grenache Blanc and Roussanne were reversed. Could have a remarkable level of palate richness for a rosé wine.

    • That could be a very structured, savory wine. Randall’s Grenache Blanc tends to be plush and luscious, while the Roussanne serves as an anchor. Blending is always tricky business.

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