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Bonaccorsi Wine Company

Owner(s) Jenne Lee Bonacorssi
Web site www.bonawine.net
 
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Michael Bonaccorsi was a talented sommelier who distinguished himself at Masa’s Restaurant in San Francisco and later for almost ten years at the original Spago Restaurant in Los Angeles. His passion for wine led him to become the twentieth Master Sommelier in the United States. He had a knack for matching wine and food and making diners comfortable through his unpretentious approach to wine. He met Jenne Lee, a native of Seoul, Korea, while she was working at Spago and the two married. Fittingly, they were married in Burgundy. In 1999, they formed the Bonaccorsi Wine Company, sourcing grapes from premium vineyards in Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County. From their first vintage, the wines were well received by the wine press and sommelier community .

Tragically, Michael passed away suddenly from a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 43. Undaunted, Jenne Lee has kept the Bonacorssi label going, making the wines with the assistance of winemaker Sashi Moorman (Stolpman). The winery is located in the Lompoc “Wine Ghetto.” In addition, as a lasting memorial to Michael, Jenne Lee has started the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund for viticulture students at University of California Davis. An annual fundraiser is held in West Los Angeles each year (www.bonaccorsifoundation.com).

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah are sourced from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in California's south Central Coast.

Bonaccorsi Wine Company wines are sold on the website, through a mailing list, and through retail channels in multiple states.

Reviewed Wines

2005 Bonaccorsi Wine Company Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., 400 cases, $55. Composed of fruit from Cargasacchi, Melville and Fiddlestix vineyards. Clones 115 and Pommard. · Lightest in color of the wines tasted. The nose is introverted even after two hours showing restrained notes of red fruit, hay and oak. There is a rich palate of primarily red cherry and red berry fruit with a hint of anise and a texture of milky softness. Reviewed October 29, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Bonaccorsi Wine Company Presidio Vineyard Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., 150 cases. $60. · A demure aromatic profile of organic matter and dark crushed berries. The alcohol peaks out a tad on the nose as the wine warms in the glass but is not intrusive. Packed with sweet dark cherry and black raspberry fruit with an oak sidecar. Very satiny and sensual texture. The whole package is quite enjoyable and this is clearly my favorite. Reviewed --/--/--

2005 Bonaccorsi Wine Company Presidio Vineyard Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., 150 cases, $60. · A demure aromatic profile of organic matter and dark crushed berries. The alcohol peaks out a tad on the nose as the wine warms in the glass but is not intrusive. Packed with sweet dark cherry and black raspberry fruit with an oak sidecar. Very satiny and sensual texture. The whole package is quite enjoyable and this is clearly my favorite. Reviewed October 29, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Bonaccorsi Wine Company Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc. $60. · This deeply colored wine has a woodsy, damp, barnyard aromatic profile. The flavors are complex with black fruits, spice, earth, herbs, root beer, wood and raisin evident. The texture is caressing. Mild drying tannins are evident on the finish. Reviewed --/--/--

2004 Bonaccorsi Wine Company Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $60. · This deeply colored wine has a woodsy, damp, barnyard aromatic profile. The flavors are complex with black fruits, spice, earth, herbs, root beer, wood and raisin evident. The texture is caressing. Mild drying tannins are evident on the finish. Reviewed October 29, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Bonaccorsi Wine Company Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $60. · Dark garnet in color. Forest floor and oak frame the darker Pinot fruits on the nose and on the deep palate. This is a wine with an earthy edge and is muscular but not harsh. The finish is lingering. Reviewed October 29, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Bonaccorsi Wine Company Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc. $60. · Dark garnet in color. Forest floor and oak frame the darker Pinot fruits on the nose and on the deep palate. This is a wine with an earthy edge and is muscular but not harsh. The finish is lingering. Reviewed --/--/--