I received the most wonderful package, which is going to take me on a journey through 𝐛𝐢𝐨𝐝𝐲𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐞.
𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐃𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐲𝐚𝐫𝐝 is known for doing things a little differently. Go to their website, and you will be greeted with the image of a Jules Verne-esque spaceship projecting a beam down on a farm. The original “Rhone Ranger,” Randall Grahm was one of the first in California to experiment with Rhone varietals. Due to the nature of the grapes, Randall began practicing biodynamic farming. By engaging in this type of viticulture, he found the grapes took on more unique qualities that created beautiful and lively wines; in his words, “the most vibrant wines possible.”
Biodynamic farming is similar to organic farming in that natural elements are used on the crops versus pesticides or herbicides. However, biodynamic agriculture goes a few steps further. There is a focus on the health and well-being of the soil. The practices are intended to “restore, maintain, and enhance ecological harmony.” Cover crops, crop rotation, and the use of animals for manure, weed, and pest control is used. There is also a spiritual and mystical element to it, including the preparation of compounds that are said to revitalize the soil. An example of a “compound” is the practice of filling a cow’s horn with cow manure and burying it in the ground in the Fall to decompose during the winter so it will be used as fertilizer in the spring.
Please read below for reviews on four of Bonny Doon Vineyard’s wines.
Thank you to @bonnydoonvineyard @social.bacon
𝐁𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐲 𝐃𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐲𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗 𝐏𝐢𝐜𝐩𝐨𝐮𝐥
“Picpoul” or “lip-stinger,” this delightful wine is high in acid and has tangy flavors of Meyer lemon, apple, and white flowers. I’m not sure if it stung my lips, but it was certainly lip-smacking good!
I wanted to pair this with some fresh oysters or a nice Cioppino. That would have been delicious! Since I couldn’t find the right seafood at the market, I went a completely different way and paired it with a savory Japanese curry, which was delightful!
I tasted it on a Root Day, according to the Biodynamic Calendar. This is not generally considered a good day to taste wine, but it was delicious nonetheless.
𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗 𝐁𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐲 𝐃𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐧 𝐆𝐫𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐬é or “𝘗𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘩”
With 79% Grenache, 5% Grenache Blanc, 5% Grenache Gris, 5% Vermentino, 3% Cinsault, 1.5% Picpoul, and 1.5% Clairette Blanche, this is quite the blend! This is the type of blend I call, “Everything but the Kitchen Sink.” You may notice this wine also has white varietals – this is unusual in that rosé is typically made out of red grapes. I’m discovering more and more the unique and fun creations coming out of Bonny Doon Vineyard, and I love them!
Seriously, I could drink the whole bottle in one sitting (and anyone who knows me IRL knows I’m a 1 or 2 glass kind of girl – as much as I love wine, I am, and always have been, a lightweight). This pink wine is delightful in hue and smells gorgeous with notes of strawberries and cotton candy. It tastes divine – rounded and full bodied with a good amount of acid and flavors of sweet plums, bursting berries, and even a little rhubarb.
From the label: 𝘞𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘳𝘮 𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦-𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘪𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘳𝘮 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘺. 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵-𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.
🍷Tasted on a root day by the Biodynamic Calendar, this is not supposed to be a good day for tasting wine, but this one was quite delightful.
🍷Paired with a Vice Presidential Debate ( – pairing NOT recommended – ) and some aged Gouda (highly recommended).
2018 𝐁𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐲 𝐃𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐲𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐋𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐫 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐭, “𝘊𝘶𝘷é𝘦 𝘖𝘶𝘮𝘶𝘢𝘮𝘶𝘢”
𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗 𝐁𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐲 𝐃𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐲𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐋𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜, “𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘩.”
At least, according to the 1954 village council of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, they do. They were so “𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘣𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘭𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘢𝘶𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘳 ‘𝘧𝘭𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘪𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘴’ 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘥𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘺𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴…𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘩𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘭𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘢𝘶𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘭𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘪𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘺𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴.”
The label goes on to talk about Oumuamua. the cigar-shaped comet or asteroid spotted in October 2017. Because it exhibited non-gravitational acceleration, plus its shape and unusual shininess, some experts theorized it might actually be a spaceship that was accelerating with the aid of a solar sail.
With that, I give you 𝐁𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐲 𝐃𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐲𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟖 𝐋𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐫 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐭, “𝘊𝘶𝘷é𝘦 𝘖𝘶𝘮𝘶𝘢𝘮𝘶𝘢” and the 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗 𝐋𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜, “𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘩.”
The “𝘊𝘶𝘷é𝘦 𝘖𝘶𝘮𝘶𝘢𝘮𝘶𝘢” is a gorgeous blend of 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, and 13% Syrah. A dark ruby color in the glass, this wine has aromas of dark cherries, pepper, and blackberries. On the palate, it tastes of blueberry compote with black pepper, baking spices, blood orange, and leather. This is definitely a bottle I would greet aliens with to introduce them to the fruits of our Earth.
The 𝘓𝘦 𝘊𝘪𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘤, blend of 46% Grenache Blanc, 34% Vermentino, and 20% Clairette Blanche, had a gentle bouquet of peaches and cream and pineapple that played with a creamy mouthfeel, balanced acid, and a long, long finish. There were tropical fruit notes on the palate along with Fuji apple, orange and lime zest, followed by some herbal qualities- sage and something green and stemmy.
🍷Tasted on a Flower Day, according to the Biodynamic Calendar – a good day to taste wine. And so it was!
🍷Paired with an episode of Season 2 of The Crown and hearty carnitas tacos. Both wines paired nicely.