Bonny Doon, “A Proper Claret,” Santa Cruz, California, 2013
If you’re anything like we are, you had probably envisioned a quiet, snow-bound evening, with candle-light and wine. Thankfully, we can still enjoy such an evening, though without the cabin fever. The label of biodynamic producer Randall Grahm’s “A Proper Claret” seems to have anticipated evenings such as this, and the wine it describes is warming as a fire-bright hearth. A blend featuring Cabernet Sauvignon (among other traditional Bordeaux varietals), this wine certainly winks at its namesake, though is not quite as lean and stately as its French counterpart. Of course, you’ll still find traditional dark berried notes, along with cedar and spice. But this is California, and this is Randall Grahm. As a result, this wine brings with it a bit more levity, freshness, and bright fruit. Harper’s is open tonight! The claret is here waiting.