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Bonterra Organic Vineyards Wine Tasting

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In November I had the opportunity to attend a private tasting and day of education at Bonterra’s McNab Ranch in Mendocino. Bonterra is one of America’s largest organic wine brand with over
1,000 acres of organically farmed vineyards. To date they do not have a tasting room open to
the public, but their wines are widely distributed in all 50 states and in 23 countries. Below are
reviews and tasting notes for three of their wines.

Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Characteristics/Composition: A great, pure Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh, vibrant, and youthful, which is what you want from a Sauvignon Blanc. This is a great alternative to some other “big box” Sauvignon Blancs…..the best part is that the grapes are all organic and biodynamic. A good balance of sugar and acid.

Pairing: This is a white wine you don’t have to think about. It’s not an intellectual wine, and it doesn’t need to be. It’s a crowd pleaser. If it’s summertime and you want a glass of wine, go for Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc. I’d enjoy this on its own or perhaps with a salad with citrus dressing and grilled prawns.

Price & Availability: This wine is $14 on the Bonterra website. Bonterra, despite being the #1 organic wine in the US, does not have a public tasting room. BUT, their wines are widely available. Specifically, they are at many Whole Foods locations.

Bonterra Chardonnay 2016

Characteristics/Composition: This is a lovely, inexpensive California Chardonnay. On the nose I detect what I presume to be malolactic fermentation and/or battonage. On the palate this comes through with creaminess. Overall this is a very well-balanced Chardonnay.

Pairing: This wine would be good with a pasta with cream sauce or with a piece of fish with a lemon butter drizzle.

Price & Availability: This wine is $14 on the Bonterra website. Bonterra, despite being the #1 organic wine in the US, does not have a public tasting room. BUT, their wines are widely available. Specifically, they are at many Whole Foods locations.

Bonterra Zinfandel 2015

Characteristics/Composition: This is a nice cool-climate Zinfandel from Mendocino. It has a very pure nose of red fruit (plum, cherry), plus some black fruit and spice.

Pairing: This wine would be good with BBQ or any grilled meats in general. A perfect, inexpensive wine for a backyard BBQ.

Price & Availability: This wine is $16 on the Bonterra website. Bonterra, despite being the #1 organic wine in the US, does not have a public tasting room. BUT, their wines are widely available. Specifically, they are at many Whole Foods locations.