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Ecology,Melanie's Wine Reviews,Wine

Melanie’s Wednesday Wines ~ October 10, 2007


Melanie Hoffman

Bonterra Vineyards is one of the few wineries practicing organic farming. Their philosophy is plainly stated on their website. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people. Bonterra Vineyards uses biodynamic farming practices as well as organically growing their fruit sans the use of any artificial fertilizers or synthetic chemicals.

I say right on, any steps to help maintain or correct our environment I agree with.

Bonterra Vineyards is located in the Russian River benchlands of Mendocino County. The historic 378-acre vineyard is certified organic. Their farming practices are “back to the future:” composting, cover crops, and natural cycles to create a soil that is rich and vital. The environment is remarkably diverse. The soil, plants, and animals create a natural equilibrium where all the elements flourish.

Bonterra Vineyards is passionate about organic viticulture. They believe not only is it the best way to grow grapes, it is the right way.

Visit their Website at www.bonterra.com.

Bonterra Vineyards, 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, 52% Lake County | 48% Mendocino County ~ This wine is my kind of Sauv Blanc. Fresh grass dominates the nose with added herbal notes of rosemary and thyme. Bouquet continues with lemongrass and touches of passion fruit. Long palate follows nose with more grassy characteristics and a bright citrus finish. A really great wine, wonderfully pleasant and very balanced. The Stelvin closure makes me smile. $12.99

Bonterra Vineyards, 2005 Zinfandel, Mendocino County ~ I enjoyed this wine as I watched the Harvest Moon crest above the trees off my back deck. Aromas of boysenberry jam entice the senses. Bouquet continues with dusty roads, toasty oak and notes of cigar box, with a delicious raspberry and espresso finish in the nose. Palate opens rich with a big, berry jammy explosion. Flavors of cocoa round out the palate. Ripe full tannins and a lingering raspberry finish that is oh so tasty. $14.99

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  1. “The organic wineries are coming on strong. It is a win win situation