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2012 Bonny Doon Pinot Noir

2012 Bonny Doon Pinot Noir Spanish Springs Vyd, San Luis Obispo AVA

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Today's Wine Comments:

A memorable Member Exclusive, our allocation of this small-production Pinot is all due to invino’s Sourcing Manager Daniel Zinke who “worked” the tasting room at Bonny Doon during his college days. Generally only those belonging to Bonny Doon’s wine club or those traveling to the winery—a trek deep into the Santa Cruz Mountains—ever get a chance to sample or purchase this silky, eminently sipable Pinot Noir.

Pismo Beach in San Luis Obispo County AVA is better known as a super laid back surfing outpost than a source for elegant wines. This 100% Pinot Noir is proof that these sloping hills with a backdrop of the gorgeous and cooling Pacific Ocean are pure gold when it comes to Pinot. This 2012 is bright and juicy with gobs of red berries and red cherries along with a nice jolt of food-friendly acidity. This Pinot makes a great warm-weather red to serve with picnic fare like roast chicken. It’s also eerily tasty with your best rendition of a classic BLT. Free Shipping on 6+ bottles.

Reasons why we love it:

This particular single-vineyard wine is generally only available to members of Bonny Doon’s DEWN Club (Distinctive Esoteric Wine Network). According to proprietor Randall Grahm, DEWN is “the best way to stay connected with the Dooniverse,” although our close relationship with all things “Doony” is a close second!

Less than 300 cases of the Spanish Springs Pinot are made every vintage. The site is just three miles inland from the ocean and features a unique micro-climate that has proven ideal for cool-weather-loving varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As in many of the Central Coast’s winemaking zones, the area is chilled by constant ocean breezes. But at Spanish Springs, this cooling influence is offset by the southern-facing slopes providing a balance between bright acidity and ripe fruit.

Known for crafting eclectic, award-winning wines from lesser-known grape varietals, Bonny Doon has made a huge name for itself at the forefront of creative, esoteric winemaking in California. With indisputable talent and a joyful personality on his side, founder Randall Grahm is considered the grandfather of the Rhone Ranger movement and the epicenter of the Santa Cruz Mountains where wine is concerned.

Raspberry and strawberry- rhubarb nose with a touch of both mintiness and flintiness (forgive me, the lightheaded moment has passed). Deep garnet color, with a good, strong acidic backbone presaging great longevity, this medium-weight Pinot has a silky, supple texture and completely fills the mouth with a very persistent finish.

From the winery: Greetings, fellow traveler. Thank you for joining us on this voyage into the lesser known. The essence of Bonny Doon is discovery, a voyage into areas which may have been beyond our previous realm of experience. This is not to suggest that everything we do is new or cutting edge. Indeed, much of what we do takes its inspiration from practices employed in simpler, less industrial times. That being said, there are some fairly esoteric techniques included in the Bonny Doon canon.

Here, you shall learn about our viticultural practices and the salutary effects of biodynamics, not merely for our wines and vineyard, but for the environment as well. You can take a peak behind the curtain and find out about the ordinary and extraordinary protocols we use in the cellar. You will also get the low-down on why screw-caps are a far superior form of closure to the more prevalent 17th-century technology, commonly referred to as a “cork.” Finally, you can find out more about the designers and illustrators with whom we work on our labels.

Learn more here.

Swedish meatballs, duck confit, roasted chicken, Brussels sprouts with uncured bacon, creamy chicken and wild rice soup.

Wine Ratings

93 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

The 2012 Spanish Springs Vineyard Pinot is made in classic Bonny Doon style, unfined and unfiltered with bright acids and fresh fruit, far from the Russian River fruit bombs.  I found fresh red raspberry and red cherry with notes of tobacco leaf and forest floor, with floral hints showing as it breathes.  The wine has a vibrant acidity and soft smooth tannin on the lingering finish.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ May 2016

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