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DATE: 11/1/2009

Bonaccorsi Wine Company

 
2009 Review
From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: Focus on the Central Coast: All Ratings
Bonaccorsi Wine Company

Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard Santa Rita Hills 2007

($60) Bright ruby. Primary dark berry and cherry skin scents are complicated by Asian spices and potpourri. Expansive, deeply concentrated raspberry and candied cherry flavors are framed by silky tannins and pick up a smoky mineral quality with air. Showing a boatload of fruit today, but I'd still wait a couple more years on this one.

92

Syrah Larner Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley 2006

($50) Full ruby color. Explosive aromas of blackberry, mulberry, smoked meat and dark chocolate. Deep, palate-staining dark berry flavors are energized by a note of cracked pepper and pick up floral character with aeration. The finish repeats the dark berry and smoke notes and clings with impressive tenacity. This is complex enough to enjoy right now.

92

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Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard Santa Rita Hills 2007

($60) Deep, bright red. Fresh red- and blackcurrants on the nose, with notes of rose, allspice and cinnamon adding complexity. Juicy and focused, with sweet red berry flavors and a lashing of zesty minerality. Tight, youthful and admirably concentrated, finishing with excellent spicy persistence.

92

Syrah Star Lane Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley 2006

($50) Saturated ruby. Intriguing aromas of red berries, smoked meat, olive and graphite, in the style of a suave northern Rhone wine. Peppery and incisive, offering vivid red and dark berry flavors and a silky texture. The olive and graphite notes hang on with real intensity on the finish.

92

Pinot Noir Julia'S Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 2007

($60) Deep, bright red. Vibrant strawberry and raspberry aromas are complicated by blood orange, potpourri and minerals. Tangy, sharply focused red fruit flavors are impressively lithe, with a nervy wild strawberry note resonating on the long, pure, spicy finish, which shows very good lift and mineral cut.

91

Pinot Noir Presidio Vineyard Santa Rita Hills 2007

($60) Ruby-red. Pungent aromas of raspberry and cherry skin, rose and smoky minerals. Lithe, sharply focused red fruit flavors stain the palate, with a note of bitter chocolate adding a deeper element. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with hints of mace and allspice. This is delicious right now.

91

Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 2007

($60) Bright red. Resinous red and dark berries on the nose, with hints of herbs and dried flowers adding complexity. Lush and creamy in texture, offering deep cherry and black raspberry flavors and an exotic note of black olive. This rich, potent rendition of pinot will work well with strongly seasoned red meats.

90

J. L. Bonaccorsi Red Table Wine Santa Barbara County 2007

($55; 100% pinot noir) Dark red. Pungent aromas of cherry and blackberry are complemented by licorice and gingerbread. Deep in dark fruit flavor but energetic, offering sexy notes of Asian spices and candied licorice. Fine-grained tannins add focus to the nicely persistent, spicy finish. Give this some time in the decanter, or in the cellar.

90

Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2006

($50) Vivid ruby. Spicy red and dark berry aromas are complemented by notes of white pepper, violet and rose. Graceful and eerily pinot-like in its expression of raspberry, cherry and candied flowers on the palate, with silky tannins adding support. This elegant, precise syrah is drinking very well right now.

90

Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hills 2007

($60) Vivid red. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas are complemented by notes of underbrush and botanical herbs. Chewy, concentrated red berry and cherry flavors are firmed by dusty tannins, which gain power on the back end. Shuts down with time in the glass but clearly possesses very good potential.

89(+?)?

Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Santa Rita Hills 2007

($60) Ruby-red. Sexy aromas of candied red berries, flowers and incense, with a gentle smoky note gaining strength with air. Deep but light-bodied dark berry qualities on the palate, along with floral pastille and cinnamon nuances. Finishes with good clarity and persistence. This wine is light enough to work with fish.

89

Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 2006

($50) Inky ruby. Brooding aromas of cherry skin, licorice and dark chocolate. Slow to unwind, eventually offering dense dark fruit preserve and bitter chocolate flavors, with supple tannins adding support. Very rich but not showing much energy today; will a couple of years of bottle age fix this wine's sullen mood?

88(+?)?
Master Sommelier Mike Bonaccorsi has created wines of superb balance and harmony in the first vintages of his career. I always thought that a winemaker with a great store of tasting experience would have an advantage over a purely technically trained enologist. Bonaccorsi is proof of this, and he surely must be proud of his work.