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Bonny Doon Old Telegram Mourvedre
Bonny Doon
United States - California - Central Coast

Like the Rhone classic, it is produced from grapes which the label identifies as Mataro, an alias under which thick-skinned, late-ripening Mourvedre sometimes goes. From the nose, one scents licorice, blood(!) (make that very rare meat), blackberries (both berry and leaf), wet earth. There is a definite scent of beef bouillon, one of the absolute true signifiers of (proper) Mourvèdre. On the palate, the tannins are very plush and soft, almost a sense of sweetness (emphatically no R.S. in this), but with a really vibrant acidity and very great length. We somehow skirted the peril of over- ripeness and raisination, which is always a bit of a peril in the sunny climes of Antioch, CA. The wine is rich but also quite elegant at the same time.

Specifications
Appellation
Central Coast
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Mourvedre
Age of vines
100+ years old
Production
398 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Wine-braised lamb shanks with herbes de Provence. Enoki mushroom tempura with soy-based dipping sauce. Hoisin-marinated chicken breasts served with wild & brown rice medley. Wild mushroom & thyme pizza. Pork shoulder. Beef short ribs.

Reviews and News

2016 Bonny Doon Old Telegram Mourvedre - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2016 Bonny Doon Old Telegram Mourvedre - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright violet. Smoke-accented blueberry and cherry pit aromas pick up peppery spice lavender game and mineral nuances with air. Fleshy and broad on the palate offering sweet nicely concentrated dark fruit flavors plus cracked pepper and bitter chocolate notes. Spreads out steadily on a juicy expansive finish that's framed by dusty slow-building tannins. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2018), 92 pts

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2016 Bonny Doon Old Telegram Mourvedre - 90 PTS - WS

2016 Bonny Doon Old Telegram Mourvedre - 90 PTS - WS

wine spectator 90 pts"Precise and well-built, with an intriguing hint of gaminess, offering dried cherry, cured meat and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2024. 532 cases made."
- Wine Spectator (Web only 2018), 90 pts

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Producer Information: Bonny Doon

Bonny Doon Vineyard was founded in 1983 by renowned winemaker Randall Grahm.

Randall’s start in the wine industry was not what you might expect for someone with his reputation and talent: ...
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