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Bonny Doon Vinferno Late Harvest 2013

MOP 255.00

Like patient cargo cultists, we patiently await the arrival of botrytis in the Beeswax Vineyard. And wait and wait and wait. (And still no botrytis.) 2012 and 2013 were, as we well know, very dry years, and the only positive result of this was that the ’13 vintage was exceptionally advanced in maturity, allowing us to leave the fruit on the vine well into early November without untoward result. Ergo, this wine may well be thought of as a classical “late harvest.” Coconut, papaya, pineapple, pear and quince paste (yes!) in the nose and maybe a suggestion of dried fruit (dried peaches?). There is a wonderful toastiness to the nose, maybe the caramelized sugar of a of crème brulée? On the palate, the wine is sweet, of course, but extremely well balanced with acidity and just a hint of astringency which prevents it from cloying. Very, very long, clean finish. This is possibly the most perfect wine you could imagine with a cheese course.
Bottle Size: 375ml
Grape: 100% grenache blanc

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“While Bonny Doon Vineyard began with the daring attempt to replicate Burgundy in California, Winemaker/Owner, the now legendary Randall Grahm realized early on that he would have far more success creating more distinctive and original wines working with Rhône varieties in the Central Coast of California.
The key learning here (achieved somewhat accidentally but fortuitously) was that in a warm, Mediterranean climate, it is usually blended wines that are most successful. In 1986 Bonny Doon Vineyard released the inaugural vintage (1984) of Le Cigare Volant, an homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and this continues as the winery’s flagship/starship brand.
Since then, Bonny Doon Vineyard has enjoyed a long history of innovation – the first to truly popularize Rhône grapes in California, to successfully work with cryo-extraction, the first to utilize microbullage in California, the first to popularize screwcaps for premium wines, and, quite significantly, the first to embrace true transparency in labeling with its ingredient labeling initiative. “