Bonny Doon in June! Or, July, I guess 07/02/11
You may have heard some crazy rumors lately that springtime is over, and as a result it’s now officially summer. For many, this means one thing: heat stroke. But if you’re lucky enough to have air conditioning, you can focus on what’s really important: becoming a better drinker. How? Well I’m glad you asked! The simplest (and funnest) way by far is to broaden your vinic horizons; that is, try some wines outside your usual comfort zone.
Admittedly I’ve written about a couple of rosés in the past, but I’m still a ways off from considering myself a regular drinker of them. As a symptom of my inexperience, I’ve historically approached these wines with the utmost caution, lest I inadvertently consume White Zinfandel – America’s favorite pink wine, and biggest mistake (seriously, White Zinfandel is a vinicultural error.)
But wait! There is such a thing as quality rosé, and thankfully these wines are gaining some popularity, which makes them a bit easier to find than they used to be – even for unfortunate, PA-bound winos like me. I must, however, admit that this trend doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, especially this time of year, given the number of people searching for new and refreshing ways to flip off Mr. Sun.
Today I’ll be discussing the Bonny Doon Vineyard 2010 Vin Gris de Cigare, an unusually complex rosé selling for $13-15 that you may or may not be able to pick up yourself, depending on how quickly you go out and look for it. (Now. Go now. It’s popular.)
A blend consisting of 71% Grenache, 16% Roussanne, 11% Grenache Blanc and 2% Mourvedre, this isn’t a conventional rosé, with under 75% of the wine coming from red grapes. Not that it matters or anything. More importantly, the Vin Gris de Cigare boasts a delightful, slightly coppery quartz-pink hue in the bottle and glass, making it virtually impossible not to view the world through rose-tinted lenses while you’re drinking it.
Aromas of watermelon dominate at first, with strawberry and cantaloupe emerging as the wine breathes. This is, in fact, the first wine I’ve tasted to contain distinctive notes of two different kinds of melon – you know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
On the palate this was dry but fruity, with more watermelon and strawberry notes along with pepper on the finish. Crisp and mineral-y, this wine has the potential to stand up to pretty much any food you might think to pair with it. I suggest ham – pink food with pink wine and all that.
But I’ll shut up and leave you to your holiday weekends now, rating this wine thumbs up.
WARNING: Please bear in mind that this bottle has sort of an alien/UFO motif going on the cap and label, so be sure to exercise good judgment drinking it around the 4th of July, as you may offend people who lost loved ones during the Great Independence Day Conflict of 1996.