Dona Sol Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich ruby color wine that has abundant fresh fruit with hints of blackberry, cherry, and mocha. The fresh fruit continues with a hint of vanilla into the palate that then ends with a smooth finish. Goes with beef, lamb, pasta, spicy foods, and cheeses.
$9.50 / Bottle $114.00 / Case
Brought to you by the “major protagonist in the democratization of wine”, Fred Franzia, Doña Sol proves once again that wine doesn’t have to cost a lot to provide pleasure.
This wine comes from Franzia’s extensive vineyard holdings (more than 30 square miles!) mainly located in the gentle foothills of the sunny Central Valley.
Franzia, his brother and cousin who are partners in Bronco, own vineyards in 11 California counties. The empire cuts a swath across inland California from Sacramento to the Tehachapi Mountains and includes a 35,000 acre vineyard.
Doña Sol is produced in Franzia’s industrial-size winery located in Ceres, CA. It’s loaded with all the modern equipment a winemaker could possibly dream of.
Franzia is even getting into the bottle-production business with plans to build a glass bottle manufacturing plant at the Napa facility. This step would reduce the number of diesel-fueled trucks on the highways since materials could be delivered by rail.
Why go to all the trouble? Franzia is concerned that some winemakers are purchasing bottles from China and Mexico and he wants to make sure that Bronco wines are made in California. He believes that production can be cost efficient and competitive on native soil. His plans also include an 8-acre park and arboretum that would be a buffer zone between the Bronco plant and highway 29.
Franzia is most famous for introducing the world to “Two Buck Chuck”, and bucking convention by proving that good wine can be affordable to all.
Love him or hate him, Fred Franzia and Bronco’s success has set the wine world on fire; let’s hope more follow suit!