A typical offering from Randall Grahm, a winemaker who doesn’t like to do things by halves. Have to mention the also usual intriguing Bonny Doon packaging—in this case, a label reminiscent of a medieval tarot card. Strong notes of black cherry, chocolate, and nutmeg on the nose. Big, expressive blackberry fruit and herb (thyme) on the palate with fine structure to carry it home to a long finish. Hard not to like this one. Try with something from the grill—I think a bit of smoke and char would pair well here. Highly recommended.
WHO: Bonny Doon
WHERE: Central Coast, California
HOW MUCH: $20 (media sample)