2011 Bonny Doon Vin Gris De Cigare

Year: 2011
Appellation: Central Coast
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 89
Vinous Media: 89
California Grapevine: 89
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"Plush and floral, with a delicate pink hue and zesty watermelon, strawberry and spice notes. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Cinsault. Drink now. 5,554 cases made." (WS)

"($15) (73% grenache, 10% mourvedre, 8% grenache blanc, 5% roussanne and 4% cinsault): Pale orange. High-pitched aromas of redcurrant, orange zest and white flowers, with a peppery topnote. Dry and precise, offering energetic red berry flavors and a touch of bitter cherry. Silky and penetrating rose with good finishing cling and vivacity. " (IWC)

"6. 2011 Bonny Doon Vineyard, “Vin Gris de Cigare,” Central Coast ($16) – Light pinkish coral color; pleasant, floral, cherry and strawberry aroma with a hint of white peach and a note of minerality; medium to medium-full body; food- friendly red fruit and citrus flavors with a slightly creamy mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. 13% alcohol; 5,400 cases; a blend of 73% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 8% Grenache Blanc, 5% Roussanne, and 4% Cinsault; released Spring 2012. (Group Score: 15.9, 0/0/2; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], sixth place)" (CAGV)

Winery Notes:
Côtes de Provence Rosé. Hints of wild strawberry, white cherry, ripe peach, and the barest whiff of spearmint give way to zesty notes of strawberry, watermelon, blood orange, peach, and citrus. Perhaps most compelling is the wine’s tremendous food-friendliness. Wonderful with traditional Provençal fare including charcuterie, pâté, salade niçoise, and the aïoli platter, it’s an incredibly flexible partner at the table, complementing everything from international cuisine— curries, tagines, or chiles rellenos—to a vast array of seafoods, poultry, salads, and cheeses. Delicious today but will develop added richness and aroma with an additional 6-12 months of bottle age.