An Afternoon at Bonny Doon

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Overall, I loved my experience at Bonny Doon, and hope to return there for another tasting when my family is in town this spring. 

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If you want more information about Bonny Doon Vineyard, or how to order their wines, check out their website, or follow them on Twitter!

*My tasting was comped by Bonny Doon, but the opinions are 100% mine.

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