2012 Bonny Doon Le Cigare VolantBlend from United States
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Winemaker's Notes: "What I love most about Cigare Volant is not that it’s a vin de terroir. (It’s not, but that may come someday.) Certainly not its stylistic consistency—that ...
Winemaker's Notes: "What I love most about Cigare Volant is not that it’s a vin de terroir. (It’s not, but that may come someday.) Certainly not its stylistic consistency—that seldom happens. Instead, when we are lucky, we are able to produce a wine that captures some of the unique qualities of the vintage and of our generally distinctive vineyards. Often one observes a sort of rhythmic teeter-totter between powerful and structured wines (viz. the ’07 and ’08) and gentle, elegant and fragrant wines, such as we find here with the ’09 vintage. How do we undertake this weighty blending decisions? The Grenache is always the key. If the Grenache is particularly expressive as it was in earlier vintages, it is our preference to let it take the lead, then fill in with the other bits. In ’09 the Grenache was shy and reticent, but the Syrah and Cinsault were ultra-extraverts. I love it when we end up with an elegant, juicy, Burgundian savory mouthful of deliciousness, as we just happened to do in 2009. The nose is all black fruit all the time: sloe, black olive, black cherry, violets, black raspberry and licorice (and a very sublime suggestion of wintergreen in the mix as well). The mouth is just soft and elegant; bright acidity, moderate alcohol and a finish that goes on and on. In my experience, this is the style of Cigare that will live for years and years." - Randall Grahm
|Varietal(s)||Syrah / Shiraz, Grenache / Garnacha, Cinsault, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut|
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, black currant, dust, leather, vanilla, musk, blackberry , violet , oak , smoke and toast|
|Nose||spice box, cedar, dark fruit, vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, red fruit, game, tar, dust, thyme , clove , cinnamon , black pepper and mint|