60% grenache, 32% syrah, 4% mourvèdre, 4% cinsault
44% Alta Loma, 27% Ca' del Solo, 12% Bien Nacido, 8% Alamo Creek, 5% Enea, 4% Woock
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20+ years from release (September 2011)
2007 Le Cigare Volant - en Magnum (1.5L)
Red Wine of the Earth - Large format
$150.00 per bottle
Members - $127.50 per bottle
The 23rd edition of Le Cigare Volant, the '07 certainly shows the family flavor profile of red fruits, herbal, and earthy notes in a savory, medium-bodied package. Bright ruby red with a pale purplish rim, it offers cherry aromas with a bit of spice, menthol, sassafras, and black pepper. On the palate there is fresh cherry, pomegranate, and red bramble fruit. While the zesty and youthful '07 is excellent right now, aging it for 2-3 more years would be all to the good. We recommend a gentle decanting before consumption.
A blend of grenache, syrah, and mourvèdre with just a soupçon of cinsault makes for a bright and wonderfully gamey wine. The chief red in residence, grenache, derives primarily from our traditional Biodynamic® grenache source from Alta Loma Vineyard in Monterey County. This is supplemented with a smidge of our own former Estate grenache, adding a discreet spiciness to the attraction. The syrah is principally sourced from Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, which produces the closest analogue we have found to a Northern Rhône syrah—tannic and meaty in the lower registers; peppery, fruitful, and delicately floral in the top, all the while showing great balance and harmony. A group of non-irrigated, centenarian Contra Costa vineyards has provided mourvèdre for Cigare for many years. Finally, a dollop of cinsault provides a very particular fragrance of flowers and aromatic herbs.
Food Pairing Notes
Braised Short Ribs with Tomato & Fennel