Bonny Doon Vineyard Picpoul 2020: Arroyo Seco, California

Grapes: Picpoul

Region/History Notes: Randall Grahm had a singular goal of recreating Burgundian wines in California… until he realized that the Rhône varieties were better suited to the terroir of Monterey. So he abandoned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and has been championing terroir driven Mediterranean varieties like Grenache, Syrah, Viognier and others ever since. Picpoul is a white variety grown in the Languedoc region of France that I have literally never seen produced in California until this wine! The grape name translates to “lip-stinger” because of it’s salty qualities and bright acidity. 

Tasting Notes: Bonny Doon’s expression of Picpoul (pronounced PEEK-pool) is weightier than its French counterpart with floral notes, a beeswax component (thus the vineyard name??) and a layer of sweet herbs. Delightful with chilled orzo salad with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichokes.

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