Bonny Doon Vineyard, 2008 Ca’ Del Solo Albariño

June 5, 2010

It’s not often that a wine makes your taste buds do a double take while your brain leaps forward to grasp what just took place in your mouth.

That’s exactly what happened to me when I tasted Bonny Doon Vineyard’s 2008 Albariño.

On the nose, I picked up citrus blossoms and pleasing delicate green herbs. But this did nothing to prepare me for what happened when I took my first sip – a lime explosion! My eyes widened and I had to pause and let my brain catch up. Then I took another sip, and another. I was hooked.

The wine is crisp and bone-dry but beautifully balanced. The prominent lime flavors are reminiscent of mellow limeade and are followed by a hint of fresh ginger and even a bit of salt.

In an instant, I knew what dish I was going to pair with this wine. I’d just bought the most beautiful asparagus at the farmers’ market and picked up a burrata cheese on my way home. I had planned to serve them together with a drizzle of fruity olive oil.

But now that this seductive Albariño had entered my life, the flavoring of the dish came together in a flash: I would serve the roasted asparagus and burrata with Tahitian Lime Oil and a sorrel chiffonade. I ran to my herb garden to pluck my sorrel and immediately got to work. Within 30 minutes, my husband, Marc, and I were tasting the dish while sipping the wine that had inspired it.

A perfect marriage of flavors! The crispness of the wine cut through the richness of the creamy burrata, while enhancing the mellow lime tones of the infused olive oil. The sorrel on the other hand complemented the green herb quality that I’d picked up on the nose while adding a bit of crispness and another layer of lemony flavor to the dish. And the roasted asparagus were thrilled to have this bone-dry wine to tussle with.

I can only echo here Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vineyard’s winemaker, who has so often said, “Resistance is futile.”

Varietal Blend: 75% Albariño, 21% Loureiro, 4% Treixadura
Vineyard: Ca’ del Solo
Appellation: Monterey County
Alcohol by Volume: 12.8%
Certified Biodynamic
Bonny Doon Vineyard
The winery has just released the 2009 Ca’ Del Solo Albariño. A slightly different blend which promises to be equally exciting.

Recipe: Roasted Asparagus with Burrata, Tahitian Lime Oil and Sorrel Chiffonade

Bon appétit and cin-cin!

© 2010 Viviane Bauquet Farre Food & Style NY LLC

Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Vivian June 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Viviane, Whst a great pairing! Will have to try this together sometime.


vk June 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Amazing! Never heard of such a successful Albarino from outside Galicia. How did he (Randall Grahm) figure out that he could grow a mini-universe of grapes on his Monterey County soil for all his great tasting varietal?


hary P June 15, 2010 at 1:49 am

Hi, nice post! I really like your post about Bonny Doon Vineyard, 2008 Ca’ Del Solo Albariño

Love the picture!

Keep the good work!


Shree June 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Phenomenal! Love your detailed description of the wine itself and such a great pairing.


Tokyo Terrace June 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Wow- this pairing looks absolutely lovely! I have been a fan of Bonny Doon wines for quite some time, but have not tried this one. You’ve convinced me!


Lori Lynn at Taste With The Eyes June 23, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Your pairing sounds amazing. We were lucky to meet Randall Grahm (and drink his wines) at the Foodbuzz Festival last November. I am totally intrigued with this lime element. Thank you for the inspiration to go try a very new food/wine composition.


Simply Life June 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

oh this looks so elegant and delicious!


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