Why Bonita’s Hill?
This selection of a few special barrels is named after my English Springer Spaniel, Bonita, who loves to run up and down the rolling hill where these vines are planted. It is a selection of the See clone from a block that always gives us grapes with a very distinctive personality, so we decided to age and bottle it separately.
Lovely golden color and bright lemony aromas, with notes of fresh apple and pear. Balanced and silky palate, with hints of spice reminiscent of clove and vanilla; rich, savory and creamy. Delightful right now but will age well for at least 15 to 20 years. I would recommend serving it at 46-48° F with elegant seafood dishes, white meats — and a good shellfish Paella!
The Don Miguel Vineyard
Named after the late patriarch of the Torres family, this sustainable vineyard is located in the Green Valley — the coolest, foggiest region of the Russian River, only ten miles from the Pacific. Planted in the European-style high density of over 2,000 vines/acre, the yields are low and labor intensive; but the vines live longer and the grapes acquire better balance and greater concentration, as well as more elegance and finesse.
The grapes were harvested September 30 to October 1, whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented, using our own
indigenous yeast, in premium French oak barrels, 1/3 of which were new; they were coopered by Damy with medium-plus
toast from the forest of Allier, and Rousseau from Center of France. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation,
aged on its lees and was bottled, unfiltered, in August 2019.