90 POINTS, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Farmed biodynamically, a wondrous blend of grenache and roussanne from a single vineyard source, the Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County.
$28.00 per bottle / $302.40 per case
$23.80 per bottle / $268.80 per case (Members)
Le Cigare Blanc is the white analogue of Le Cigare Volant, our homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The great white Cigare is not unlike the great white whale; rarely seen, difficult to catch, yet its name is legend. It’s a rich, savory wine with greater power and extraction than one typically finds at Bonny Doon.
Pale gold with green-gold highlights, the grenache blanc dominant blend has a somewhat different aromatic profile from the 2010 vintage. A very strong impression of melon, along with Asian pear, pineapple and grapefruit pith, and in the mouth, very rich, sporting a certain modicum of tannin; this bodes exceptionally well for great longevity. The wine’s unique flavors will pair exceptionally well with hard cheeses, seafood (lobster especially), roasted poultry, and savory vegetarian strudels or gratins. Paired with sushi served with freshly grated wasabi will also be a profound revelation.
Since 2003, we’ve produced this wondrous blend of grenache and roussanne from a single vineyard source, the Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County. Farmed biodynamically, surrounded by wilderness, and shielded from the cool Pacific Coast winds by the Santa Lucia Mountains, Beeswax Vineyard grows complex, concentrated and mineral intensive grapes from deeply rooted vines.
The ’11 vintage was a particularly cool growing season, allowing us to produce an intensely flavored wine at a relatively modest degree of alcohol; the ’11 Cigare Blanc underwent a complete malolactic fermentation.
Food Pairing Notes
Lobster and fennel risotto