2017-C Bonny Doon Picpoul, Beeswax Vineyard, Arroyo Seco, California

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Bonny Doon Picpoul

Given famed winemaker Randall Graham’s love of all things Rhône, it only makes sense that he makes a ‘Picpoul’, a wonderful white grape which was one of the original 13 varietals allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It has even more fame as the featured grape in the always refreshing Picpoul de Pinet from the coast of Languedoc-Roussillon. Or, maybe Randall just likes it because it means 'lip stinger' in French! Any way you slice it, this is a super tasty, tangy, incredibly refreshing wine that will surely be a big hit with anyone who tries it. Randall is especially proud of this sixth vintage he's been sourcing from the organically farmed Beeswax Vineyard in Arroyo Seco and confidently says “it is, far and away, our best effort to date.” The nose is bright and shiny with clean, fresh aromas of lemon citrus and salty sea air along with, as Randall notes, a subtle “suggestion of stone fruits and the ubiquitous fragrance of beeswax.” The palate is light and breezy yet still has good concentration and the finish is dry, crisp and snappy, er, we mean lip-stinging!

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