Not a grape variety you see very often outside of France, this Picpoul is a brilliant wine that is both easy-going and complex, all achieved at a lower alcohol level than most Californian wines. This is sourced from a single vineyard, the excellent Beeswax Vineyard in Arroyo Seco in Monterey County. As the name suggests this vineyard has a habit of producing wines with a distinctive savoury beeswax aroma. It is all fermented in stainless steel at cooler temperatures to retain the irresistable natural freshness of the Picpoul grapes.
Central Coast, California, USA
Bonny Doon is an iconic California winery run by Randall Graham. Randall has experimented with various varietals and blends over the years and pioneered honest and responsible winemaking in California, while still having fun with it! Bonny Doon are known for their Rhone blends which are world class. Bonny Doon Vineyard has enjoyed a long history of innovation – the first to truly popularize Rhône grapes in California, to successfully work with cryo-extraction for sundry “Vins de Glacière, the first to utilize microbullage in California, the first to popularize screwcaps for premium wines, and, quite significantly, the first to embrace true transparency in labeling with its ingredient labeling initiative. The upside of all of this activity has brought an extraordinary amount of creativity and research to the California wine scene; the doon-side, as it were, was perhaps an ever so slight inability to focus, to settle doon, if you will, into a single, coherent direction.
Lip-smackingly fresh, with lemon-and-lime citrus, a hint of peach and white flowers, along with a distinctive flavour of beeswax. A brilliant wine that is both easy-going and complex, all achieved at a lower alcohol level than most Californian wines.
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