Red Wines of the Earth
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39% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre, 17% Syrah, 7% Cinsaut, 2% Viognier
91 Points Wine Spectator
93 Points Wine Enthusiast
Anaerobically cellared, affiné or “perfected” in 20 liter glass demijohns on its lees, this wine represents the peak of elegance in the eclectic Bonny Doon Vineyard range.
#2, 50 Best Wines of 2016, VinePair - "Randall Grahm is a winemaker who continues to impress. His move to close all of his wines with screwcap might be seen by some people as cheapening the wines, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This is a serious, age-worthy red wine that showcases why Randall is one of this country’s best winemakers. A Rhone-style red blend, the wine is deep and dark with the Syrah playing the dominant role. Flavors of dark berries marry with leather to create a delicious wine."
92 Points Wine Enthusiast
92 Points Vinous
93 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast: “Offers intriguing asphalt, black pepper, boysenberry and a tiny bit of barnyard funk on the nose. It's dark and brooding, with flavors of black pepper, leather and black fruits on the palate, but rather light and lean in texture, with a solid amount of tannic grip." - MK, December 2015
93 points, Wine Enthusiast
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
If the ’12 Pousseur bore an uncanny resemblance to Crozes-Hermitage, our ’13 Syrah definitely shades slightly in the direction of a St. Joseph.
92 Points James Suckling
91 Points Vinous
We have been working with the Bien Nacido Vineyard for effectively twenty-five years – it has always been an important backbone of the Cigare – and with this vintage, I’m sorry to report, will be the final varietal Syrah that we are producing from this outstanding vineyard. Bittersweet this parting is, as the 2014 X-Block may be well be the very finest rendering of Syrah we’ve achieved since perhaps the original Bonny Doon Estate (in Bonny Doon).
We love the Syrah fruit that comes from the X-Block. We have a lot of history with this block.
93 Points James Suckling
93 Points Vinous
At the risk of sounding redoondant, this is one of the greatest Bien Nacido Syrahs in memory.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast
“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
You may well be looking at me sideways for saying it, but I will be drinking some $%&*#! Merlot.
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast ~ 40% Merlot, 24% Petit Verdot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec
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