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About Bonny Doon Vineyard
Iconoclast Randall Grahm made his name as one of the original Rhône Rangers in California. When he purchased land in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the early ‘80s his dream was actually to develop great American Pinot Noir. This feat temporarily eluded him, but what he developed was a knack for lesser-grown, Mediterranean varieties.
88 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010
($32; 43.6% syrah, 43.5% grenache,11.7% cinsault, 1.1% mourvedre and 0.1% carignane) Bright ruby. Smoky red berries, flowers and underbrush on the nose, with complicating notes of black pepper and licorice. Sweet red berry flavors give way to deeper bitter cherry in the mid-palate, which features notes of succulent herbs and a touch of smoked meat. Already showing good complexity, with suave finishing silkiness and a lingering note of raspberry.