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Peppery and lively with good acidity around an earthy, savory core.
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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)
“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