The Bonny Doon Vineyard A Proper Pink has an SRP of $16 and is available for as low as $12. 3,722 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
Harumph (yet again). Reginald ffrench-Postalthwaite here, reporting on the coloristic culture wars continuing to plague the world of wine, and by extension, Civilization itself. Having had the temerity to set foot outside the confines of my Club and comfy chair, I have duly noted the singular difficulty (especially in the Colonies!) of finding proper wines, be they of the red, white or pink persuasions. Any-hoo, any hue. Crikey Moses, it should not be so bloody difficult (pace vins de saigner) to find a proper roseate-tinged, not-necessarily-utterly-random-assemblage-of-odds-and-sods, non-pudding wine, that is to say, a proper pink. Now, I am told that wines of this hue have lately become fashionable, that “real” men, inverted commas, putatively now drink pink. The beastly locution “Brosé” (shudder) has even infiltrated the language of Disraeli, Gladstone and our beloved Winnie! I’ll tell you. Some of us “real” men have been in touch with our, shall we say, more leeward side for some time now.
A brief history lesson for young pups: The modern term for a proper red win. derives from the poxy French word, “clairet,” or light, “clear” wine (Vinum clarum, as the Schoolmen would have it), designating a certain style of darkish pink wine much favored in the Middle Ages, not so very dissimilar to the wine you are currently holding in your hands, as you behold the majestic figure of moimême, taking his ease sur la pique-nique. Any further questions. Class dismissed! God save the Queen!
Yr. Defender of Antiquity, Propriety and Clairet-y,
The 2015 Bonny Doon Vineyard A Proper Pink begins with a very pleasant aroma of watermelon and strawberry along with a little spice, tomato plant, citrus zest and a hint of salt. Taking a sip shows that the wine is packed with rich and tart fruit flavors plus loads of spice wrapped up in a very pleasing, even slightly oily, mouthfeel. With plenty of good acidity as well this is a delicious rosé. The plentiful spice notes lead into the long, dry finish.
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