It is never a tough decision to open up a bottle of wine from Bonny Doon. The wines always seem to show off the grape without much interference from outside factors; which is something I really admire from Bonny Doon’s founder, Randall Grahm. Grahm is also a pioneer of Rhone varietals in California and has really made invaluable contributions to the history and future of wine in CA.
I recently opened a bottle of Bonny Doon 2009 Syrah Le Pousseur and enjoyed the complexity of flavors. 100% Syrah from several Central Coast vineyards, it really is an interesting wine for around $20 a bottle.
This wine opens with aromas of black cherries, licorice, white pepper, and hints of earth. The savory palate features dark fruit, anise, and smoke along with soft tannins and healthy acidity. A very nice Syrah from Central Coast! (13% alcohol)
My Wine Rating – B+
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with steaks, BBQ ribs, or a pizza topped with sausage.