Vineyard, that is.
At Foodbuzz Fest 2011, we had Bonny Doon Vineyard wine at the Friday night cocktail hour. I love their Ca de Albarino, the crisp, fruity, fresh taste. I’m not a huge white wine fan, but this one is definitely a favorite of mine. After tweeting about their delicious wines, I got in contact with one of their sales reps, who set me up with a complimentary tasting at their tasting room here in Santa Cruz.
So, at the end of last quarter, on a ridiculously beautiful sunny winter day in December, I headed to the tasting room to try out some of their other wines.
Walking in to the tasting room, I was blown away by the décor – it was gorgeous, comfortable and most of the furnishings were from the wood of old wine barrells and bottles.
The tasting started off with a couple of white wines. First up was the 2009 Sparkling Moscato. I’m usually not a Moscato fan, but this one was delicious. It wasn’t too sweet, it was nice, crisp and a little bubbly. Highly recommended for a Moscato.
The second wine I tasted was the 2009 DEWN Grenache Blanc. It’s a fruity wine, tasting like citrus, almond, honey and green melon. The wine connoisseur suggested that it had a very buttery after taste – which it definitely did, and I loved. I actually loved it so much that I bought a bottle to bring home to my family for Christmas.
The third wine I tried was a red wine. Specifically, the 2007 Syrah “Alamo Creek.” It is a dark, meaty wine with a peppery taste. It wasn’t my favorite wine, it was a little too tart, but I could see the appeal to some.
The next wine I tried was the 2008 Cunning. This is one of Bonny Doon’s most popular wines, and I definitely understand why. I LOVED it – and brought a bottle of this to my parents as well. It had a nice mixture of fruity/cherry flavors with wild spice. It was such a smooth wine, with no tart aftertaste lingering. Definitely recommend this one.
The next wine I tried was 2007 Le Cigare Volant. It had a fruity, herbal and earthy taste along with a little pepper. It was very good, but a more youthful wine, and I think after a few years it wouldn’t be so sharp tasting.
Next up was the Ca de Albarino (I requested a tasting of this since their 2010 just came out, but they only had the previously tasted 2009 on hand). It was just as good as I last remembered, but I just wish I had had some hummus to go along with it, like we did at Foodbuzz.
The last wine I tried was a dessert wine, the 2010 Mourvedre “Mon Doux.” For a dessert wine, it wasn’t too overly sweet, but I definitely couldn’t have more than a small glass. This wine is made from the raisinated parts of the grapes, resulting in a very sweet, kind of thick, wine that tastes like dried plum, fig, and cherry. I thought it would be delicious drizzled over a little icecream. Or over a chocolate cake…
Overall, I loved my experience at Bonny Doon, and hope to return there for another tasting when my family is in town this spring.
*My tasting was comped by Bonny Doon, but the opinions are 100% mine.