Bonny Doon Picpoul
Bonny Doon
United States - California - Monterey

This is Bonny Doon's sixth vintage Picpoul from the Beeswax vineyard, and very confidently they suggest that it is, far and away, their best effort to date. Picpoul or "lip-stinger" is known, of course for its tingling acidity, but coupled with its singular savoriness, it creates a dramatic sensation on the palate. (The ‘17 is perhaps a little bit softer than vendanges d'antan.)

Tasting Notes
I know that it's impossible to smell the sensation of saltiness, but the nose of our Picpoul is maritime, coupled with a discreet suggestion of peaches, wildflowers and the (we really can't help it, but it's in there) ubiquitous fragrance of beeswax. The ‘17 seems to possess a unique suggestion of spearmint, which is a fragrance that seems to pop up every now and then in other varieties grown at Beeswax Vineyard - Randall Grahm

Wine Type
100% Picpoul Blanc

This wine is utterly brilliant with the briniest oysters you can find or Dungeness crab. Other ideas include Grilled Octopus with Lemon, Moussaka, Sardines a la Plancha, Grilled Sardines with Frisée & Whole-Grain Mustard Dressing. We also love these more doon-to-earth ideas from our friends over at CrushedGrapeChronicles.com: Iberico or Manchego cheese, herbed goat cheese, smoked oysters, anchovies, capers, olive tapenade, calamari.

Reviews and News

2017 Bonny Doon Picpoul - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2017 Bonny Doon Picpoul - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Limpid straw-yellow. Mineral- and herb-tinged nectarine and yellow apple scents backed by hints of lemon pith and honey. Juicy and light on its feet offering taut peach pit and pear skin flavors that unfold slowly on the back half. Smoothly blends fleshiness and nerve and shows firm nervy bite on the finish which leaves a tangy refreshingly bitter citrus pith note behind.- Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 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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