Red Wines of the Earth
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The new Le Cigare Volant has landed!
39% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre, 17% Syrah, 7% Cinsaut, 2% Viognier
91 Points Wine Spectator
93 Points Wine Enthusiast
This is now our sixth iteration of Le Cigare Volant Réserve, and we continue to explore the great potentiality of the powerful technique of élevage in glass carboy.
93 Points Vinous
92 Points Wine Enthusiast
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).
At the risk of sounding redoondant, this is one of the greatest Bien Nacido Syrahs in memory.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast
For a long time I went to bed aïoli, clovèd in nothing but the barest essential oils. The Wine Formerly Known as Clos de Gilroy (TWFKaCdG) pays homage to the quaint, rustic town of Gilroy, the spiritual locus of all matters alliaceous. However, note well, the fruit for this wine does not, despite its name, derive from Gilroy, but instead from the vivaciously scented Alta Loma vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County.
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
You may well be looking at me sideways for saying it, but I will be drinking some $%&*#! Merlot.