This is a lovely example of a wine that not only tastes superb, but is also very budget-friendly.
Bonterra focuses on creating wine that is cultivated using the most natural processes possible. For example, this California winery uses organic farming methods. In the winter months, sheep are allowed to graze around the vineyard trimming the weeds and chickens might be found scratching the ground and pecking at insects from the vines. Bonterra does not use any chemicals on their grapes and the result is so, so good! They also use biodynamic winegrowing methods which means they use herbs, minerals and manures to fertilize their soils. It might sound a little kooky, but they also consult Biodynamic calendars that suggest when to sow and harvest the fields in accordance to the planets and phases of the moon. In the end, it’s all about listening to the land and letting nature run its course.
Now, let’s get to the wine. We opened their Cabernet the other night. It’s an opaque red with a tinge of transparent cranberry color near the rim. The wine is medium-bodied and mellow flavors of vanilla, cherry and spice meld wonderfully with hints of tobacco, fig and green herbs. A great wine to enjoy on its own or with food such as spicy salami with a sharp Pecorino or molten lava cake.
This wine can be purchased at your local wineshop for about $16. Buy more than one because it’s supremely drinkable!!
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷 out of 5
Cheers my dears!