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Bonny Doon Viognier Vin de Glaciere
Bonny Doon
United States - California - Central Coast

It has been a number of years since the very last "Vin de Glaciere," a wine that was enormously successful for Bonny Doon Vineyard in the day. After Randall Grahm sold off the large brands, he had resolved to commit Bonny Doon to wines made in a far less interventionist or "inflected" manner. So much for quixotic aspiration. (They're still getting calls to bring back the Vin de Glacière.) Perhaps someday they will enjoy naturally occurring botrytis in the Popelouchum vineyard and be capable of making "natural" dessert wines. But, the opportunity to make a dessert wine from the Viognier they were offered this year in this instance was quite compelling, and while the methodology for its production is not historically accurate, the sweet style of Viognier does have an historical precedent.

Tasting Notes
On the nose, you will find the subtle suggestion of white flower, Mirabelle plum, as well as the honeyed character of apricot and an unnamed highly exotic tropical fruit. These flavors carry through to the palate, coupled with further elements of citrus peel and clove. While reasonably sweet (165 g. of residual sugar), the wine is not at all cloying in virtue of its impeccable acidity. The wine will of course work exceptionally well as a dessert wine, especially paired with fruit desserts, but for sublime elegance, consider it as an aperitif with foie gras, or if you're averse to that concept, perhaps a rich trout mousse.

Specifications
Appellation
Central Coast
Varietal(s)
100% Viognier - 14 year old vines
Pairings

Apricot clafoutis with almonds. Creme brulee. Peach cobbler. Mirabelle plum tart. Pineapple upside down cake. Blue cheese, such as Pt. Reyes or Rogue River Blue (with stone fruit preserves wouldn’t hurt).

Reviews and News

2017 Bonny Doon Viognier Vin de Glaciere - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2017 Bonny Doon Viognier Vin de Glaciere - 92 PTS - VINOUS

"vinous logoTransparent gold. Apricot nectar and charred pineapple aromas, along with suave floral, candied ginger and floral notes. Sappy, sweet and concentrated yet surprisingly lithe on the palate, offering intense tropical and pit fruit flavors firmed by a late suggestion of bitter citrus pith. Delivers a compelling blend of richness and energy and finishes very long and spicy, the ginger and apricot notes returning. This lush yet nervy sweet wine would make a great companion for salty cheeses, especially sheep's milk blue versions.- Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2018), 92 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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