Given that my recent experience has not been so great with cellaring some of Bonny Doon’s wines more than 5-6 years, I assumed this might not be box and transport worthy to the new address which will become home. I opened it with limited expectations, assuming it might have already seen its best days. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised.
There is some nice candied fruit on the nose with notes of raspberry, strawberry and some stewed cherry, anise and garrigue components. On the palate, bright red fruit with baked cherry, strawberry and cranberry with some earth, mushroom and mocha. Medium body, food-friendly with velvety tannins, nice acidity and soft underlying minerality. It certainly is mature, but still has a hint of youth. I would certainly enjoy this in the next year if I had more.
This label was designed by Gary Taxali. Gary was born in 1968 in Chandigarh, India and a year later, he and his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada. At the encouragement of his parents, Gary enrolled in art classes as a child — which eventually led him to pursue an art education. In 1991, he graduated from the Ontario College of Art and immediately began working as a professional illustrator.
Gary has done a number of labels for Bonny Doon. I think the Mourvedre might be my favorite, though I would give honorable mention to the 2001 Freisa. It might be the only wine label that ever has (and ever will) feature a character that is not only picking his nose but also consuming found treasures.
My next decision, a Bonny Doon 1998 Estate Syrah. To pack or not to pack? I know there is also a bottle of the 2001 Freisa. Will it be totally repugnant or immensly appetizing? Stay tuned.