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Peppery and lively with good acidity around an earthy, savory core.
The fourth vintage in our ongoing experimental protocol with anaerobic élevage of Cigare in 5-gallon glass bottles.
92 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast: “Fresh-flowing blood, dried Italian herbs and cured cuts of meat greet the nose on this annual Bonny Doon treat, a blend of 28% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 17% Cinsault, 17% Mourvèdre and 16% Carignane. The flavors are dominated by purple fruits, trending toward blackberry and blueberry, with violet florals and rustic dust."
92 POINTS, Vinous
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
“Randall Grahm notes that this is one of his best Syrahs from this historic vineyard, and it's hard to disagree. Aromas of gravel, just-crushed peppercorns, and blueberries lead into a lighter, airy, mineral-driven palate of black rocks, black pepper and boysenberry fruit. It's one of the better cool-climate Syrah around right now." Editor's Choice. -MK, December 2015
“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