2009 Ca' del Solo Muscat

$16.00 -- Bright floral notes of honeysuckle, lilac and orange blossom bring to mind a perfumed spring garden at dusk.

Purchase 2009 Ca' del Solo Muscat

2009 Ca' del Solo Muscat

$16.00 per bottle / $172.80 per case
$13.60 per bottle / $153.60 per case (Members)

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Our Muscat is made from moscato giallo grapes, the "yellow muscat" traditionally found in the Alto-Adige region of Northeast Italy. This rare variety has a slightly different floral aspect than the more ubiquitous Muscat Blanc au petits grains. With aromas of lavender and white flower, it also possesses a discreet herbal quality that prevents it from being “too pretty,” and displays the beautiful crystalline mineral aspect of the Monterey soils in which it was grown.

Pale yellow color with light gold highlights; bright floral notes of honeysuckle, lilac, and orange blossom bring to mind a perfumed spring garden at dusk. Ripe peach, melon, and yellow apple combine with citrus zest and spearmint on the palate. A brilliant and refreshing apéritif and a superb complement to seafood, poultry, charcuterie and cheeses, and Asian cuisine.

Vital Statistics
Varietal Composition: 98% moscato giallo, 2% loureiro
Vineyard: Ca' del Solo
Appellation: Monterey County
Alcohol by Volume: 12.7%
Residual Sugar: 6.6%
TA: 5.4 g/L
pH: 3.6
Production: 2,300 cases
Certified Biodynamic®

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  • SKU: MGO09C
Specifications
  • Alcohol by Volume:: 12.7%

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2010 Banana Slug Roussanne ~ <i>Almost sold out!</i> 2010 Banana Slug Roussanne ~ Almost sold out! -- $16 per bottle / $172.80 per case Members: $13.60 per bottle / $153.60 per case Roussanne derives its name from its russeted skin. And as such, it is not surprising that its flavors are autumnal to the max, evocative of harvest’s rich pomelous bounty, viz. Asian pears and quince. The wine is bright yellow in color, with a faint cast of chartreuse, and when swirled it offers a perfume of orange blossom, nectarine, honeysuckle and zesty citrus. Best served lightly chilled, it is medium bodied with nice acidity. Underlying the classic characteristics of pome fruits is an undeniable citrus quality, perhaps of tangerine and yuzu, balanced by a lovely creamy texture and long finish. Our roussanne is the perfect complement to rich and savory fare, for foods generally deemed best consumed in considered moderation. But one should be anything but moderate in support of beauty, harmony, felicity and vision*! * The proceeds of the sales of this wine benefit in part the students in the Arts . . .

2010 DEWN Cunning 2010 DEWN Cunning -- $25.00 per bottle / $270 per case $21.25 per bottle / $240 per case (Members) The 2010 Cunning, while not stylistically straight down the center of the Bonny Doon turnpike, is nevertheless an impressive drink. Made from grapes hand-harvested from 100+ year old ungrafted, head-trained, dry-farmed carignane from the Sacramento Delta, it has concentrated fruit, good tannic grip, and dominant notes of plum, blackberry, and Morello cherry. Despite full ripeness, the wine maintains a lovely mineral aspect and will remain lively for several years to come. Pair with rustic stews, grilled meats, pepper-rubbed steaks, cassoulet, or moussaka. An excellent partner with a charcuterie or cheese plate—be sure to include hard aged and blue cheeses, plus a few smoked meats or cheeses and a scattering of dried figs. Vital Statistics: Blend: 76% carignane (old vine), 24% syrah Vineyards: Evangelho, Gonsalves, Alamo Creek, Bien Nacido Appellation: Contra Costa County Alcohol by Volume: 13.9% Serving . . .

2010 DEWN Sparkling Albari&#241;o 2010 DEWN Sparkling Albariño -- $32.00 per bottle / $384.00 per case $27.20 per bottle / $307.20 per case (Members) As seen in People Magazine! Comfortingly typical Albariño nose–lime zest and peaches. Medium bead. Just the faintest hint of bracing astringency (is there any other kind?) on the palate, with medium acidity and exceptionally long finish. Possibly the very best Korean barbecue wine ever conceived. An important serving note: the Sparkling Albariño is quite effervescent, so please use caution and patience when opening! Vital Statistics Varietal Blend: 100% albariño (sparkling) Appellation: Central Coast Vineyards: 84% Jespersen, 16% Ca’del Solo Alcohol by Volume: 12.5% TA: 9.81 g/L pH: 3.30 Serving Temp: 42° F Cellaring: Drinkable upon release (Sept. 2012) through 2015 (maybe beyond) Production: 617 cases

2010 Mourvèdre "Mon Doux" 2010 Mourvèdre "Mon Doux" -- $18.00 per bottle / $194.40 per case $15.30 per bottle / $172.80 per case (Members) A spirited little wine made from 100% old vine mourvèdre. We harvested the raisinated parts of the clusters, hand-scissoring them on our sorting table. The resultant sweet red has aromas of blackberry, dried black cherry, tea leaves. On the palate, it has sensuous dried plum, fig, candied cherry, and sweet spice balanced by lively acidity. Use it as you would a very elegant port—with cheese or with chocolate desserts. Vital Statistics Varietal: 100% mourvèdre Appellation: Contra Costa Alcohol by Volume: 14.5% Residual Sugar: 21.5 g/L Bottle Size: 375 ml

2010 Old Telegram 2010 Old Telegram -- $45 per bottle / $486 per case $38.25 per bottle / $432 per case (Members) 90 points ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "A blend of 100% Mourvedre, from old head trained vines, that spent 14 months in French oak puncheons, the 2010 Old Telegram offers up a beautiful, slightly earthy bouquet of plum and dark berry fruit, loamy soil, ground herbs and hints of game. This is followed by a medium-bodied, supple and polished palate that’s nicely balanced, has good acidity and classically dry finish. Enjoy it over the coming decade or more. Drink now-2020." - Jeb Dunnuck (August 2013) Dan Berger’s Weekly Wine Commentary, September 5, 2013: This wine from old vines of San Benito County offers meaty and deep blueberry aromas. A great wine that should age well. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The ’10 Old Telegram is one of the finest OTs in years, harkening back to the great vintages of the ‘80s and early ‘90s. The wine is a blend of two ancient vineyards, geographically disparate, but both head-trained, . . .

2011 ¿Querry? Sparkling Hard Cider 2011 ¿Querry? Sparkling Hard Cider -- $16.00 per bottle / $172.80 per case $13.60 per bottle / $153.60 per case (Members) ¿Querry? A Getrunkenexperiment. Query: What might a blend of apple, pear, and quince taste like naturally fermented (with indigenous yeast)? Result (not surprisingly): The ethereal suggestion of pineapple quince; the pungent, heady, dusky perfume of pear; and the earthy succulence of apple. I never thought I'd see... a pome as lovely as Querry. Crisp in acidity and bone dry, Querry is the perfect accompaniment to, well, essentially everything. It is composed of virtually everything, but most significantly: 58% pear, 33% apple, and 9% quince. Excellent with charcuterie, Asian food, seafood, and poultry—fare as humble as meat pie or as elegant as lobster. Querry pears with everything. Open very carefully, as contents are under some pressure. Label Notes: The label was designed by Chuck House, based on a free-hand drawing by Randall Grahm, who, while sitting at the table with Chuck, attempted to . . .

2011 Syrah/Viognier "Black & White & Red All Over" ~ November DEWN Release 2011 Syrah/Viognier "Black & White & Red All Over" ~ November DEWN Release -- $25.00 per bottle / $270.00 per case $21.25 per bottle / $240.00 per case (Members) Call it a conceit of antiquity that once the soul of the Platonic Grape enjoyed a mystical unity of self-sufficiency, but through unfortunate circumstance, that completeness or integrity was tragically lost. Imagine that the soul of every Red Grape yearns for its missing part; perhaps it will find completion in the embrace of the very different Other—undoubtedly the soul of a White Grape. There is no question that Syrah and Viognier are true soul mates. Viognier adds an exotic fragrance to Syrah, helps to create a richer, softer mouthfeel and just makes for a more complete and satisfying taste experience. From longer-chain tannins to the Great Chain of Being, we are privileged to observe momentary glimpses of felicity and order. First nose is dark and brooding—something out of a Grimm’s fairy tale. Hmm, gingerbread? But also scents of blackberry, menthol, sarsaparilla and violets (from vio?) In the . . .

2011 Zinfandel, Carignane, Grenache 2011 Zinfandel, Carignane, Grenache -- $25.00 per bottle / $270 per case $21.25 per bottle / $240 per case (Members) A wine with no name, but indicated only by varietal percentages—as anonymous as that which you might find served to you en carafe in an albergo. Un pò rustico, one (rightfully) concludes. Now, (the truth can now be told), I’m no great fan of Zinfandel. Generally too blowsy, too loud, a bit like the tourists you run into at Disney World. But ’11 was a magical vintage in what would otherwise be the thermically overachieving sandy lanes of burgs, Antioch and Oakley, respectively. Coolness was all in 2011, and there is precious little of the over-ripe pruney character one often finds in Zinfandel. Instead, this is really just an ultra-delicious, sappy excursion into the land of black raspberry and blackberry jam with maybe just maybe the vaguest suggestion of Damson plum. There is a wonderful, very discreet mineral sub-text (presumably provided by the Carignane), which in no way interferes with the absolute gulpability . . .

2012 Albari&#241;o ~ <i>Almost sold out!</i> 2012 Albariño ~ Almost sold out! -- $20.00 per bottle / $216.00 per case $17.00 per bottle / $192.00 per case (Members) Until 1989 Albariño was one of the rarest wine varieties in the world, rarely glimpsed outside the Iberian Peninsula. Since that time, this light yet vibrant white grape has become a darling of wine geeks worldwide with its preternatural ability to pair with all types of seafood, cheese and salty dishes. Tasting Notes The resultant wine is crisp, enormously sleek, racy in texture and utterly varietally true. Dominant nose is citrus–Kaffir lime to be most specific, but there’s also a vague undertone of peach. On the palate, there is a concomitant brininess; one is reminded of ground-up oyster shells. You might well intuit that this wine just screams for a heaping portion of coquillage, a giant monstre seafood platter that one demolishes in a slightly depraved ravenous paroxysm: the sheer selfishness of shellfishness. This is definitely the wine you want with you if you are summoned to the Cabinet (or . . .

2012 Chardonnay/Pinot Gris "Spanish Springs" ~ November DEWN Release 2012 Chardonnay/Pinot Gris "Spanish Springs" ~ November DEWN Release -- $35.00 per bottle / $378.00 per case $29.75 per bottle / $336.00 per case (Members) Being a Chardon-nay-sayer is as easy as A,B, C, but one should never say never (or Nevers) again. So, let’s get this straight: We are neither big fans of Chard, either in an over-oaked or overwrought style. This is a single vineyard bottling of Chard (o, nay!), yes, and Pinot Gris, yes, harvested ensemble from the litorally proximal and hyper cool Spanish Springs vineyard and then co-fermented. This is a wine for very patient acid-freaks, if that is not a gross contradiction in terms. A great expression of earthiness, creamy toastiness, very firm acidity and the lovely mineral tones for which we live. Discreet suggestions of pineapple, lime blossom and other unnamed citrus in the nose. This wine has been bottled without filtration and therefore may be partly cloudy with an occasional chance of precipitation. Vital Statistics: Blend: 54% chardonnay, 46% pinot gris Alcohol by Volume: 14.5% Appellation: . . .

2012 Pinot Noir "Spanish Springs" ~ November DEWN Release 2012 Pinot Noir "Spanish Springs" ~ November DEWN Release -- $40.00 per bottle / $432.00 per case $34.00 per bottle / $384.00 per case (Members) The genius of Pinot Noir has often been celebrated; Pinot Pilgrims are always kneeling bareheaded in one vineyard or another. Maybe Pinot’s genius is the one of the polymorphous perverse shape-shifter, the Peter Sellers of cépages. The ’12 is all about elegance and finesse; if one were to compare it to a Burgundy it would be Savigny-lès-Beaune or Monthelie. In the nose, wild strawberry, mint, white pepper, anise and allspice. In the mouth, strawberry-rhubarb and beetroot, which is one of the fail-safe signifiers of Pinosity. This is a more delicate expression of Pinot, but one that is incredibly true to Pinot’s Platonic essence. An excellent match for brined turkey, grilled duck breast, goat cheese ravioli with wild mushrooms, and root vegetable hash. Vital Statistics: Varietal: 100% pinot noir Alcohol by Volume: 12.7% Appellation: San Luis Obispo County TA: 5.9 g/L pH: 3.2 Serving Temp: 58º . . .

Winter Nélis Sparkling Perry Winter Nélis Sparkling Perry -- $18.00 per bottle / $194.40 per case $15.30 per bottle / $172.80 per case (Members) The Winter Nélis is a supremely unfashionable pear—prickly on so many levels. (It actually does have extremely sharp thorns; pickers tend to make themselves scarce at harvest time.) And the Winter Nélis fruit itself is prickly about how it presents itself; it requires time, lots of it—normally sitting on the tree until Christmas—before its unique dusky, heady perfume begins to emerge. (What, are there no birds?) We were glad for the wait and are very proud to present this most elegant, classic, traditional, bottle-finished perry. Crisp in acidity and bone-dry with a subtle, spicy pear aroma; exceptionally refreshing. Vital Statistics: Alcohol by Volume: 7.5% Ingredients: 100% pear Appellation: California TA: 5.8 g/L pH: 3.37 Serving Temp: 53-55º F Cellaring: Drinkable upon release (September 2013), 0-2 years ageability Production: 815 cases Label Art: Grady McFerrin

2009 DEWN Paso Robles Viognier 2009 DEWN Paso Robles Viognier -- $20 per bottle / $216 per case $17 per bottle / $192 per case (Members) 1st Annual Rhone Shootout Gold Award Winner 2012 Even for us this white carries an unusual story. The fruit is from cuttings from our original estate vineyard in Bonny Doon (which unfortunately succumbed to Pierce’s disease in '91) grown at Chequera Vineyard in Paso Robles. One unfortunate problem was the teensy, weensy fact that the white vines we thought were roussanne turned out to viognier—and what proceeds is a long and tragic story of a visionary winemaker's hopes and dreams dashed on the adamantine hard rocks of French A.C. misinformation, commerce, litigation, and sharpshooting insects. Very light in color and surprisingly delicate in body, the '09 blooms with pretty floral, citrus, and melon aromas. More restrained than most, our translation of this exotic Northern Rhône white offers a rich set of flavors, including apple blossom, lavender, pear, casaba melon, and notes reminiscent of daiginjo sake. . . .

2012 Picpoul 2012 Picpoul -- 2012 Picpoul (peek-poule rhymes with "joule") $20 per bottle / $216 per case $17 per bottle / $192 per case (Members) Some like it tart, and this grape variety certainly is that. Picpoul, literally “lip-stinger,” is a variety of Languedocian origin, adopted as one of the permitted grapes in Châteauneuf-du- Pape. Exceptionally lemony (snicket) with subtle suggestions of melon, Asian pear, pea flower and mint in the nose. On the palate, salty citrus rind (!) and perhaps overtones of cherry. Picpoul is said to possess a certain degree of savory/saltiness, stimulating the palate in its quest for satiation/bliss. On that subject, one might suggest: oysters on the half-shell, indeed any and all shellfish, corn pancakes, grilled fish or codfish brandade. Our staff has discovered that a pairing of lemony, briny Spanish boquerones is truly rockin'. Vital Statistics Blend: 100% picpoul Appellation: Arroyo Seco Vineyard: Beeswax Vineyard Alcohol by Volume: 12% Production: . . .

2006 Ca' del Solo Nebbiolo 2006 Ca' del Solo Nebbiolo -- 2006 Ca' del Solo Nebbiolo (nehb-byoh-lo) $35 per bottle / $378 per case $29.75 per bottle / $336 per case (Members) Our 2006 Nebbiolo is indubitably a classic with powerful structural tones evocative of the limestone hillside "crus" of Piemonte. Like the fabled iron-fist-in-the-velvet-glove, our 2006 vintage is redolent of dried fruits and herbs, and packed full of zingy intensity. The wine is very light clear red with brilliant orange highlights. A floral perfume of anisette, sage, and wild roses gives way to savory scent of saddle leather, tea, and spice. Smooth on the palate but with lively acidity, it offers flavors of dried fruits, earth, and spice with velvety tannins. Enormously food friendly, especially with herb-infused meats and game.* Winemaker Notes Our third vintage of this single-vineyard varietal wine from Ca' del Solo in Monterey was hand harvested sorted, then aged in 50% wood tank and 50% four year-old French oak puncheons, with one puncheon's worth of . . .

2001 DEWN Viognier Port 2001 DEWN Viognier Port -- 2001 Viognier Port (vee-oh-gnay) $28 per bottle / $302.40 per case $23.80 per bottle / $268.80 per case (Members) One of the more unusual products ever produced at Bonny Doon (even by our standards)! The viognier was harvested from the Chequera Vineyard in Paso Robles. (An aside: This is the viognier which was originally thought to be roussanne at our old Estate vineyard in Bonny Doon, cuttings from which were used to plant Chequera in the early 1990s). Once harvested, the fermenting viognier was fortified with the addition of 8% assorted brandies (mostly fresh spirits but with a bit of peach and strawberry too), preserving some of the fresh viognier character and its unfermented grape sugars too. Then it was into French oak puncheon barrels for our creation to repose for six years before filtration and bottling. Our unique Viognier Port was left with approximately 8% residual sugar and a degree of 18.5 % alcohol. So, definitely with some power and a bit sweet, but not syrupy by . . .

2011 Le Vol des Anges ~ <i>Almost sold out!</i> 2011 Le Vol des Anges ~ Almost sold out! -- $30 per bottle / $324.00 per case $25.50 per bottle / $288.00 per case (Members) Sweet Wine of the Earth ~ 375ml By happy chance more than by design, the Beeswax Vineyard, located at the very mouth of Arroyo Seco in the Salinas Valley in Monterey County, gifted us with its third (and quite rare) appearance of botrytised roussanne in 2011, supplemented by the first appearance of botrytised grenache blanc. One has simply no choice - it is written in the Book of Love - but to describe Le Vol des Anges ("the Angel's Flight") as quite out of this world. The name of this wine, while following the extra-terrestrial, volitational theme of Le Cigare Volant, also alludes to the extraordinarily rare chance of encountering a natural occurrence of botrytis in the Beeswax Vineyard with these particular varieties*. In a rare instance of vitaceous synchronicity, the name of the vineyard, "Beeswax", captures the dominant flavor element of the wine. Along with honey, apricot, lavender and perhaps . . .

2005 Le Cigare Volant  ~ en Magnum (1.5L) 2005 Le Cigare Volant ~ en Magnum (1.5L) -- 2005 Le Cigare Volant magnum (luh see-igar vole-aunt) $90.00 per bottle $76.50 (Members) Library Release ~ 1.5L The stunning and critically acclaimed 2005 vintage has been sold out for years in the 750 ml size; luckily, bottles remain en magnum, a perfect size for entertaining. The '05 Cigare shows a deep ruby robe with bright purple highlights. Aromas of spiced meat, kirsch, mushrooms, a soupçon of truffle and dark chocolate make for a richly perfumed red wine. Flavors of earthy red fruit, cocoa beans and sweet spice, balanced with moderate acidity, slightly crunchy tannins and a generous, even voluptuous texture with a long, savory finish. This wine has the structure to age well and shows more French oak than is normal for us. Quite delicious yet clearly serious, and stylistically very Old World. Ages until kids are out of the house. In a certain sense, this wine represents a return to our roots—the reemergence of grenache as the most significant component of the blend . . .

2006 Le Cigare Volant ~ en Magnum (1.5L) 2006 Le Cigare Volant ~ en Magnum (1.5L) -- 2006 Le Cigare Volant magnum (luh see-igar vole-aunt) $85.00 per bottle $72.25 per bottle (Members) Library Release The '06 Cigare shows the family flavor profile of red fruits, herbal, and earthy notes in a savory medium-bodied package. But it is quite a different wine! A blend of syrah, grenache, and cinsault with just a soupçon of mourvèdre, it makes for a bright and wonderfully gamey wine. Very youthful, with toasty notes of cherry, birch, sassafras, and pomegranate. Pair this lively red with an array of fresh and savory vegetable dishes alongside a carpaccio of tuna or beef. A rare steak in any number of variations (tri-tip, hanger, New York, filet) would also pair beautifully, as would more exotic fare like chicken tikka masala or Tandoori lamb chops. The '06 is is drinking beautifully right now, and will continue to age gracefully for the next 2 to 3 years. Vital Statistics Varietal Blend: 44% syrah, 44% grenache, 11% cinsault, 1% mourvèdre Appellation: California . . .

2007 Le Cigare Volant ~ en Magnum (1.5L) 2007 Le Cigare Volant ~ en Magnum (1.5L) -- $85 per bottle $72.25 per bottle (Members) Red Wine of the Earth ~ en Magnum The newly released cuvée is the 23rd edition of Le Cigare Volant, and it certainly shows the family flavor profile of red fruits, herbal, and earthy notes in a savory, medium-bodied package. Bright ruby red with a pale purplish rim, it offers cherry aromas with a bit of spice, menthol, sassafras, and black pepper. On the palate there is fresh cherry, pomegranate, and red bramble fruit. The wine is peppery and lively with good acidity around an earthy, savory core. A blend of grenache, syrah, and mourvèdre with just a soupçon of cinsault makes for a bright and wonderfully gamey wine. The chief red in residence, grenache, derives primarily from our traditional Biodynamic® grenache source from Alta Loma Vineyard in Monterey County. This is supplemented with a smidge of our own Estate grenache, adding a discreet spiciness to the attraction. The syrah is principally sourced from Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa . . .

Raspberry Eau de Vie - <strong>California only</strong> Raspberry Eau de Vie - California only -- Special Promotion - $12/bottle* Regular price: $20/bottle This product can only be shipped within the state of California. A unique and distinctive spirit created by distilling raspberries macerated in a high proof neutral grape spirit. The synesthetic response of the scent alone is quite vivid—the color red floods the stimulus receptors and one cannot help but imagine a handful of the soft cushioned berries about to yield on one’s palate. To speak of the effects en bouche would be redundant. Important note: This spirit is a true eau de vie, and as such quite different from Framboise, a raspberry dessert wine we (alas) no longer produce. It's delicious, though, so if you love raspberries, you'll want to give it a go. If you have any questions regarding the difference in the products, please dial 888.819.6789 and select option 4. Alcohol by Volume: 48.7% Bottle size: 375 ml * No additional wine discounts may be applied.

2011 DEWN Not This Pink ~ <i>Sold out</i> 2011 DEWN Not This Pink ~ Sold out -- $18.00 per bottle / $194.40 per case $15.30 per bottle / $172.80 per case (Members) There is pink and then there is pink. This pink wine is as different from our Vin Gris as pink and day. The Vin Gris is pale and delicate, made primarily from the lightest pressings of the delicate grenache; Not This Pink*, mourvèdre-based, is a proper rosé, with a greater degree of maceration (maybe 6 hours) on the skins before saigner (or bleeding). Robustly, almost luridly colored, this is not a pink for the faint of heart. This is a wine with real body, presence, even, dare I say, a bit of tannin. You can consume it this summer, but it will also handsomely repay cellaring, and will be great next summer and the summer after that. The wine is fragrant—watermelon, cassis and dominantly blackberry, not just the fruit but the leaf as well, indeed the whole bush. You’re in the underbrush here, the garrigue. While this wine is nominally pink in color, use it as you would a light-bodied red and serve with . . .

2012 Vin Gris de Cigare ~ <i>Sold out</i> 2012 Vin Gris de Cigare ~ Sold out -- The 2012 Vin Gris de Cigare is SOLD OUT. The 2013 vintage will be available next year. We recommend our 2011 Not This Pink. Just in time for the change in seasonal fare at the harvest table, our heartier "Not This Pink" is to fall as Vin Gris is to summer! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2012 Vin Gris de Cigare (van gree duh see-gar) Pink Wine of the Earth This wine is perhaps the most emblematic of the great sea change that has occurred at Bonny Doon Vineyard since the sell-off/draw-down of the Ginormous Doonamath. This wine is a true Vin Gris, which is to say, made from bespoke grapes (not a by-product of red wine production), harvested at the appropriate ripeness level for its style, and receiving but minimal skin contact. The essential principle here is that less is truly more. The wine does not overwhelm one with fruitybombasticity; it’s charms are seductively subtle. Discreet nose of alpine strawberry, evolving into a refreshing mintiness . . .

Cider Collector's 4-Pack Cider Collector's 4-Pack -- 4-pack: $66 $56 (Members)* Cider Collector's 4-Pack The complete quartet of Bonny Doon ciders, perfect for the fan of hard, sparkling fruit ciders, all produced à la méthode champenoise. A very rare treat, indeed! The Pack includes three bottles of our 2011 ¿Querry? Cider, packaged in three different, collectible art labels: Includes one bottle of the original label by Meg Maker. This label was featured on the 2010 vintage of ¿Querry?, and on the club-exclusive bottling of 2011 ¿Querry? (released to the D.E.W.N. club in September 2012). Note well: This label art is available exclusively through this mixed pack. The other two bottles of ¿Querry? feature both the black and white label art of Chuck House, the artist of our flagship Cigare wine labels. The Pack is completed by one bottle of our newest cider, the Winter Nélis Sparkling Perry, label art by Grady McFerrin. This deliciously dry beverage is comprised of 100% pear, compared to the wondrous blend of apple, pear, and quince . . .

Cigare Family 5-pack Cigare Family 5-pack -- Five-pack: $150 *Members: $$127.50 Cigare Family 5-pack ~ 4 table wines, 1 dessert wine Our flagship white and red Cigare wines, plus a bottle of the newest edition of the exquisite dessert wine Le Vol des Anges, in a pack that's ideal for entertaining parties of eight to ten. The suite includes two red, two white, and one dessert: 2008 Le Cigare Volant Varietal Blend: 45% grenache, 30% syrah, 13% mourvèdre, 7% cinsault, 5% carignane Our 25th anniversary bottling of Cigare. Rich black fruit flavors with a discreet spiciness. Tannic and meaty in the lower registers; peppery, fruitful and delicately floral in the top, all the while showing great balance and harmony. A very particular fragrance of flowers and aromatic herbs, and even notes of earthy stone. 2011 Le Cigare Blanc Varietal Blend: 62% grenache blanc, 38% roussanne Pale gold with green-gold highlights, with a very strong impression of melon, along with Asian pear, pineapple and grapefruit pith, and in the mouth . . .



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