Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache Monterey County 2013

clos de gilroyAs usual, Bonny Doon delivers flavor along with depth and a dash of irony. On the first approach I could swear someone put Capri Sun in my glass. But the more I sniff and sip the more hidden layers emerge. Yes, the overall impression is candied fruit but with complexity and energy.

Aromas of freshly made strawberry jam are laced with clove,  black pepper, earth and floral notes. On the palate, juicy red plum is prominent but with subtle wood notes providing a foundation, which is odd because there is no mention of oak in the production notes. Plush  and weightless up front, it becomes taut and expressive as it evolves in the mouth with soft tannins providing a short but punchy finish. Good, integrated acidity.

Jaunty and spirited, as with all Randall Grahm wines, it has character and tastes like nothing else. A blend of 75% Grenache, 17% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, this is cool climate Grenache at its best. Highly recommended for warm summer evenings.

Score: 90

Price: $18

Alc: 14%

Definitely a Bongo Bongo wine, jaunty and vibrant:

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