Wine Recommendation
  Sign In
Subscribe to our newsletter
Bookmark and Share  
print this review     

Wine Recommendation

Wine:Bonneau Wines 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley)

Bonneau Wines

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
(Napa Valley)

The third generation of Bonneaus, a family with a history of grape growing in Sonoma-Carneros dating back to the 1920s, finally launched the family’s own label in 2001. In addition to this Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, John Bambury and the other family members produce a Los Carneros Chardonnay and a Zinfandel from Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley AVA. The family originally came to America from Bordeaux, and began farming a 70 acre parcel of land near the town of Sonoma.

From vineyards located between the Rutherford Bench and Yountville, this elegant, feminine wine entices the nose with notes of blueberry, blackberry, mineral, smoke, tar, vanilla, mocha, and dust – very likely the famous Rutherford dust. It is perfumed and flowery, not at all what one would expect from today’s typical Napa Cab. Smooth and silky on the entry, fine fruit and oak tannins give definition and structure. Varietally expressive notes of currant, cassis, tea leaf, and sage dominate the palate and long finish. This compelling wine would be delicious with a Florentine pork roast, guanciale (pig cheeks) risotto or almond crusted lamb chops. Only 550 cases of this wine were produced so it will be hard to track down.

Reviewed January 17, 2007 by Catherine Fallis.

The Wine

Winery: Bonneau Wines
Vintage: 2003
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: 750ml $42.00

Review Date: 1/17/2007

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.