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Bonny Doon Vineyard A Proper Claret 2013

It is lean, neither overly alcoholic nor overly extracted, nor overly oaked; it is precisely what one would imagine A Proper Claret to be. The wine contains a substantial dollop of Petit Verdot, adding a silky note of violets and textural elegance, in counterpoint to the lead-in-the-pencil firmness offered by the inclusion of the virile Tannat. Tannat, the grape implicated in the French paradox (and the vinifera variety with resveratrol levels that are off the charts), is principally grown in Gascony (land of Les Trois Mousquetaires), though it was historically grown as well in Bordeaux as late as the 19th century.Comparing this wine with the 2012 APC, the inaugural vintage, the '13 version is a bit plusher and posher, with softer tannins, not unreminiscent of the overstuffed chair at one's Club. There is still a lovely minty, cedary aspect to this wine, reflective of its perfect balance, with nary a prunish note to be found.

 Producer Bonny Doon Vineyard
 Region Santa Cruz Mountains
 Country United States
 Varietals Cabernet SauvignonMerlotTannatPetit VerdotSyrah (Shiraz)Petite Sirah
 Alcohol 13.5% alc/vol
 Vintage 2013

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5 out of 5 starsReviewed on July 16, 2017
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5 out of 5 starsReviewed on June 01, 2017

Wine Enthusiast: "This creative blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Tannat, 13% Petit Verdot, 8% Syrah and 1% Petite Sirah offers roasted red-bell pepper, black gravel, black plums, chocolate cake and caramelized beef on the umami-driven nose. The palate is tighter, with elderberries, cranberries and decent tannic grip, proving tasty but not quite as exciting as the nose suggests." 90 Pts, Matt Kettmann

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Bonny Doon Vineyard
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Bonny Doon Vineyard

Santa Cruz, California, United States Santa Cruz, California, United States

While Bonny Doon Vineyard began with the (in retrospect) foolish attempt to replicate Burgundy in California, 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...

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