Our Best of the Best ~ 12-pack
Our Best of the Best~ 4 reds, 1 white and 1 sparkling. This mixed pack features the best of our current line-up.
Includes two bottles each of the following six wines:
2009 Bien Nacido Syrah
Varietal Blend: 100% syrah
An exceptionally cool and elegant vintage, this bottling shows off the typical smoked meat/bacon fat character that typifies Bien Nacido. Very peppery and minty, with excellent fresh acidity (another trademark of Bien Nacido Syrah), rich dark fruit, and moderate but firm tannins. Immense savoriness (somewhat of a Bonny Doon signifier), with an exotic herbal element, that rather subjectively reminds me a bit of chimichurri. This wine calls out (bleats?) for roasted lamb.
Varietal Blend: 100% nebbiolo
Our last Nebs (at least for the indeterminate future) is arguably the finest Nebbiolo we have ever produced. Incredibly bright in the nose (not always the first descriptor that comes to mind with Nebbiolo), the wine is just bursting with fruit—raspberry, blackberry, cherry, sloe plum, and the classic suggestions of tobacco and menthol. In the mouth, you will find firm but not foreboding tannins, again that BDV savoriness, and a sense of just remarkable depth and a lovely saline/mineral quality.
2009 Le Cigare Volant Réserve
Varietal Blend: 30% syrah, 28% grenache, 22% mourvèdre, 20% cinsault
What is most noteworthy about this wine is its amazing silky texture, savoriness and infinite length. One finds many of the flavor elements typically associated with Cigare, most dominantly that of Montmorency cherry, but there is also a wonderful suggestion of sarsaparilla, licorice, juniper and menthol, and of course the wonderful earthy notes of truffle. But it is the extraordinary contribution of the lees as liaison, acting as the perfect host or hostess at a cocktail party, keeping all of the elements in graceful play.
2008 Le Cigare Volant, “en demi muid”
Varietal Blend: 45% grenache, 30% syrah, 13% mourvèdre, 7% cinsault, 5% carignane
Deep ruby red with a pale ruby rim. Dark and almost leathery on the nose, with hints of forest floor and mint, blackberry, black cherry, and bramble fruit aromas. Upon opening, oak aspect is quite evident, and finish seems a bit abrupt, but with decantation and left open for several hours, becomes well integrated in the wine. Dark fruits on the palate, but accented with bright cherry, currant, spice, and pepper. Earthy and a little gamey with soft, supple texture. Peppery Syrah flavors slightly predominant.
2011 Le Cigare Blanc Réserve
Varietal Blend: 62% grenache blanc, 38% roussanne
Grenache blanc and Roussanne from the brilliantly situated Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco, were co-fermented in stainless steel, allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, at the completion of which, were sulfited and racked to carboys with all or most of their fine lees, where they were anaerobically stirred on a more or less monthly basis. This wine is a spiritual relation (not a real one) to Furmint or perhaps Hárslevalü? When you taste the wine you find as much the stone of this mysterious fruit as the musky skin. The profound level of yeast autolysis adds a certain saltiness/savoriness to the wine that makes your mouth salivate, but also, non-trivially, creates the wonderful continuo to the diverse elements. This is a most complete wine that I predict will retain its integrity for years and years.
2006 "Riesling to Live" Sparkling Riesling
Varietal Blend: 100% riesling (Neustadt clone)
A sparkling example of Riesling produced à la méthode champenoise and finished nature, that is to say, with no additional sweetening. This wine, if not a raison (or Riesling) d'être, is sympa beyond words with Asian or fusion cuisine. This effervescent Riesling was fermented to dryness in stainless steel, before tirage bottling in the traditional méthode champenoise style in June 2007, then aged on lees for 30 months and disgorged in February 2010. No dosage was added to the wine, as to maintain its crisp, refreshing aspect and ensure the fullest expression of its bracing minerality.
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