I wrote about these two 2012 vintage wines a few weeks ago when we tried some samples of them in the store. They are now here, and deserve your attention. The first is the 2012 Bonanno Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I know where the fruit comes for the cab, and the resulting wine shows off its heritage with amazing aromas of cedar, cigar box, and ripe red cherries. The mouth reveals lovely acidity, four year developing tannins, and a creamy, close to sweet flavor. This is a wine that reflects the gorgeous nature of the vintage. The Bonanno Boys should be proud as this is the best red they have made to date. The price is $23 the bottle, or $250 the case plus tax. The person who should buy this is any Napa cab lover as the value and quality is most impressive. There is good supply here. Food and Wine Magazine said Bonanno cabernet is the best value Napa cabs. I agree.
The 2013 Bonanno Carneros Chardonnay is replete with tropical aromas, lush but not thickly ripe fruit, with scents of vanilla and spice, and a full mouth feel without being oleaginous or cloying. This is pinpoint Carneros chard, with acidity, freshness, and depth, and in that Ramey style of fruit, finesse, and balance as opposed to the Rombauer character of fat and BIG.. The price here is $20 the bottle, or $216 the case, plus tax.
I have been touting the 2012 Napa cab vintage as being remarkable, and this red says it better than anything I can write. and it is a value wine when compared to those $50 to $100 lovelies that are coming. To be sure, these are not Dunn, Shafer, Nickel and Nickel, Lewis, or any of those other uber Napa wineries, but if these Bonanno wines are this good, can you imagine what bounty is before us? There is good supply here so let me know if interested.