2008 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare

2008 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de CigarePrice: $9.99 @ Cost Plus

What They Said:

Per Bonny Doon Vineyard “Fresh and bright with a pale pink color and a soupçon of blue rose. Hints of wild strawberry, white cherry, apple blossom, and the barest whiff of spearmint. Palate is quite dry and zesty with pale red fruits, blood orange, citrus and a lean yet supple finish. Another excellent example of our skill with Rosé, the 2008 has a greater quantity of grenache than previously yet it’s the cinsault and roussanne which really shine; adding complex notes of stone fruit and the nuanced texture of old vines. Delicious today but will develop added richness and aroma with an additional 6-12 months of bottle age.”

What I Think:

Surprisingly this is my first offering from Randall Grahm’s Bonny Doon Vineyards. Randall is known and called many things but he is always creative and sometimes eccentric in my mind. And best of all he is always pushing the boundaries of traditional thinking. From advocating for full “ingredient” listings being disclosed (beyond the grapes this includes tartaric acid, and sulfur dioxide with indigenous yeast, yeast nutrients, bentonite and French oak barrels used in the winemaking process) to trying to accelerate the process of creating terroir-driven wine in new regions it seems he is always up to something that captures my attention. Dos Equis: the most interesting man in the wine worldGiven that it is no surprise that I can’t help but think of him whenever I come across a Dos Equis advertisement as he is certainly the “most interesting man in the wine world”.

So what about that wine? This offering is a blend of 58% Grenache, 18% Cinsault, 10% Roussanne, 7% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah and 3% Grenache Blanc. Reddish/salmon in color with loads of strawberry on the nose. On the palate it adds in flavors of the patch from whence they came on a floral/stony backbone. This fuller bodied Rose is dry on the mid-palate with enough acidity to keep it well balanced and delivers a tart, crisp finish. No quaffing allowed here! This one is a well made with enough to ponder on its own and the ability to pair with a meal should you desire. At $10 I’ll be revisiting this again throughout the summer. In fact if you’ll excuse me I believe I have a bottle chilled in the refrigerator right now…

Rating: Buy It

And as an added bonus for those wondering what to pair this with Viviane Bauquet Farre recommends a heirloom tomato caprese salad (and offers her thoughts on the Vin Gris de Cigare). This is a match I will surely have to try!

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6 thoughts on “2008 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare

  1. I went to Cost Plus yesterday to buy it, but the guy there said they haven’t had it in stock in quite some time.

  2. @viviane A heirloom tomato caprese salad sounds like a match made in heaven! I’ll definitely have to try that next time around. I added it as a suggestion above as well…

    @AN Sorry to hear that! I picked up six more after I grabbed this initial one. I’m not sure where you are located but Wine Searcher should be able to help you track it down. Otherwise it is available directly from the winery (link above in the post)

  3. Jason,
    You are like the bargain king! This wine is now officially on my list. The idea of an heirloom caprese pairing sounds awesome. Definitely will be doing that!


    • Do you have any favorite roses in the $10 range to share? Always happy to try more! Once you track this one down let me know what you think…

  4. Always a fan of Bonny Doon. I’ve only tried their reds though. I’ve just been getting into the dry Rose wines so this sounds like something I’d like to try. Thanks for the tip. Do you ever try any Livermore wineries? Longevity Wines here in Livermore has a GREAT Rose.


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