Thursday, March 17, 2016

Beatrice's Blushes: Bonny Doon Vineyard A Proper Pink

It has been a busy few weeks since the last rosé post, but I really don't have an excuse for missing two weeks. However, during that time I felt quite adventurous; I took Bea on a quick solo overnight trip to Florida to visit her great grandparents for the first time. The plane rides went well (though I don't understand why I didn't buy her a seat when the fare was $38 round trip!) and her Gigi and Big Papa were so excited to meet her. As luck would have it Bea got to meet her great aunt and cousin, once removed, who were also visiting. They even got to witness (maybe teach) her first roll. Apparently she's not an underachiever because she rolled both front-to-back and back-to-front! I think we are going to be in trouble with another early mover; big brother was walking at ten months!

The last rosé we open was a very unique one. The Bonny Doon Vineyard 2015 'A Proper Pink' (13% abv, Sample $16) is an interesting blend of 69% Tannat and 31% Cabernet Franc. I can't say I've ever had a wine quite like this. The dark translucent red color isn't something you see every day, but it's not uncommon. Yet, this wine's DNA is closer to red than pink. It is rich and complex, but it's also weird. It is full of contrasting aromas and flavors. There's cherry tart, pie spices and black raspberries. But bay leaf, radish, beetroot and unripe guava characteristics are present, too. It's lush and savory. Taking my biases and preferences in account, this is anything but a proper pink; but I kind like it at the same time I dislike it. It's a contradiction in a glass. Maybe A Defiant Pink would be a better name.
Bonny Doon 2015 A Proper Pink


  1. Thanks for the note! Where are people getting $38 plane tickets?!

    Tannat definitely seems to be an odd choice for a Rosé, but I suppose it is Mr Graham's prerogative to seek out the most esoteric options. The "defiance" in the wine's name is a little confusing...

  2. Drew, Frontier was having $19 fare sale, so RT to Tampa it was $38! Not bad! Tannat is a unique choice for the rosé, but I think it works. I'm confused by your last sentence...


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