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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.
En demi-muid, or puncheon - Aged primarily in 500 and 600 liter barrels (this is a little more than twice the size of a conventional barrel)
En foudre - Aged in 10,000 liter upright wood tanks
“A classic Bien Nacido Syrah with its smoky dark fruit, mineral and pepper-driven bouquet, the 2009 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard X Block (100% Syrah aged 20 months in French oak puncheons) is medium to full-bodied, beautifully fruited and has a focused, pure feel on the palate. Outstanding juice, it should drink nicely through 2019. Drink now-2019.” -Jeb Dunnuck, August 2013
A re-release of one of the most elegant and complex vintages of Cigare in recent memory.
92 points Wine Enthusiast
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Peppery and lively with good acidity around an earthy, savory core.
The '06 Cigare shows the family flavor profile of red fruits, herbal, and earthy notes in a savory medium-bodied package. But it is quite a different wine!
The 2004 is an aleph of light and dark notes; vibrant, fruity and floral notes contrasted against a denser, darker core rarely seen in preceding Cigares.