2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
California: Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)
When we really love a winery, we invite them back again and again to show us their wines. Over the last six plus years, we have featured wines from Bonneau Winery numerous times. Always, we are given free reign to select their very best.
Today’s 2009 Bonneau Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is a youthful, vibrant and approachable wine that lends itself to a wide variety of food pairings. If you are looking for a great Thanksgiving Zin, you’ll be well advised to try this one. The acids are perfectly balanced, giving the wine a brightness that will compliment most complex flavors - while not overpowering the palate with the overly bold flavors that are often found in many California Zins.
Be sure to decant this wine, as it starts off a little shy. After some hearty swirling, it really springs to life, filling out with dark fruit flavors that were initially missing from the mid-palate.
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Really pretty, with hues that remind us of pure cherry juice. As you spin the wine, it clings to the glass.
Dusty blackberry, stewed plum and blackberry bramble lead the way. These are followed by black cherry, raspberry black tea, dried currant, baker’s chocolate and sweet tobacco. Soft sweet spice and black pepper close the loop.
Elegant and rich with dark fruit compote with flavors that are not overly sweet. Black cherry, black tea leaf, dried currant, braised fig, braised plum and toasty caramel satisfy on the mid-palate. Clove and black pepper make a delightful appearance at the tail end.
The longer you swirl this wine, the longer the finish will go. Especially at the mid-palate, where the wine is initially shy. After it gets some air in it, this wine really comes alive.
We recommend beef teriyaki kebabs with pineapple, bell pepper, giant mushroom and whole baby onions.
What the Winery Says
Our 2009 Zinfandel grapes come from the Dry Creek Valley in northern Sonoma County where Zinfandel is king. This wine shows off a deep red core in the glass with grounded aromas of boysenberry, wild California Blackberries, jam, and an assortment of kitchen spices.
- John Bambury
About the Winery
In 1921 August and Catherine Bonneau purchased 70 acres of land in Schellville, about 8 miles south of the town of Sonoma, California. This was a very remote area at the time, requiring a full day’s travel time from San Francisco. This area reminded the Bonneaus of the Bordeaux region of France near the area where they were born.
The Bonneaus farmed the land, had a dairy and ran a small country store/deli. Although the vineyard has long since replaced the dairy, the members of the family still operate businesses that the Bonneaus started.
In 1988 their daughter, Yvonne, fulfilled Catherine’s vision of having a vineyard. She planted 30 acres of Chardonnay grapes on premium rootstock. Yvonne, as matriarch of the family farm, began supplying some of the best known wineries in Sonoma and Napa. The vineyard consistently received high praise for the quality of the fruit. Yvonne looked forward to the day the family could produce their own wines.
In 2001, her son, John Bambury, began spearheading the wine making operations on behalf of Yvonne’s four children by introducing Bonneau Wines with the 2002 Los Carneros, Chardonnay. Since then Bonneau Wines has produced Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The family’s commitment to making fine wines has already been recognized by wine aficionados, critics and everyday wine lovers alike.