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Bonny Doon Vineyard, 2012 Bonny Doon 'A Proper Claret'

"This wine is named 'A Proper Claret,' and of course it isn’t -- because every Bonny Doon label has an element of tongue-in-cheek. In fact, it is very different from the medium-weight, very structured, fruit-shy, lean and ageworthy red wines that the Bordeaux region produced back in the days when Bordeaux was called 'claret'. But today’s wine drinkers who are accustomed to the ripe fruitiness and rich flavor expression of wines from Rhône varieties — and wines made in the modern richness-power model, for that matter -- can probably find something claret-like in the wine’s style…. As its tech sheet describes, the wine is neither overly alcoholic (13 percent) nor overly extracted… The aromas and flavors of small, dark berries, cedar and spice and the wine’s slightly grippy tannins and firmness are claret-consistent. But the fruitiness is pure California, and the wine is all the better for that. Fresh, juicy, delicious fruity texture and flavor surround the wine’s lean and firm structure and bring an exuberance to the wine that no proper claret could have… Read Full Review Here."
–November 2013, Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW

Bonny Doon Vineyard, 2012 Bonny Doon 'A Proper Claret'

Bonny Doon Vineyard, 2012 Bonny Doon 'A Proper Claret'

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2012 Bonny Doon 'A Proper Claret'
Bonny Doon Vineyard

62% Cabernet Sauvignon
22% Petit Verdot
8% Tannat
7% Syrah
1% Petite Sirah

A word about 'A Proper Claret' from winemaker, Randall Grahm:
"Bonny Doon Vineyard is, as we all know, a strictly 'Cabernet-Free Zone'… if ever I were to drink a Cabernet-based blend, this would be one that would serve quite well. It is lean, neither overly alcoholic (weighing in at 13%), nor overly extracted; it is precisely as one would imagine A Proper Claret to be. The wine contains a substantial dollop of petit verdot (22%), which adds a silky note of violets and textural elegance, in precision counterpoint to the lead-in-the-pencil firmness offered by the inclusion of the manly tannat (8%)."

What others are saying…
The wine is quite drinkable, even lovely, though it has a serious aspect too. The alcohol content is an eminently manageable 13.2%… We happily drank this wine with Saturday night’s pizza and guessed at a price at least $10 more than it actually costs. Excellent. A Great Bargain. - Fredric Koeppel, Bigger than Your Head.

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