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Staff Pick

Bonny Doon "A Proper Claret" - 2014

Item # 29941 750mL
$14.96/ Single Bottle
$179.52 $161.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

This Cabernet Sauvignon blend by Bonny Doon has a pleasant flavor of cassis and blackberry, with a touch of violet, cedar, and mint. Handcrafted from biodynamically farmed vineyards, this wine is complex, with a tangy finish and elegant texture.

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Staff Pick Notes

Can a wine be comfortable? Sure! Take, for example, this hearty Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, blended with several other varietals adding spice and character. The wine comes from Randall Grahm, the winemaker-mad scientist-philosopher, putting his own spin on the classic Bordeaux 'Claret' style. Look for black cherry and plum up front, with hints of cocoa and eucalyptus following behind. Pair with a savory pork or duck entrée, or curl up and enjoy fireside on its own. One final note: please, please, PLEASE read the back label!

- DY

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