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2010 Le Cigare Volant Image
Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
28% syrah, 22% grenache, 17% cinsault, 17% mourvèdre, 16% carignane
Appellation
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
27% Bien Nacido, 23% Evangelho, 17% Alta Loma, 16% Bechtold, 9% Gonsalves, 5% Ca’ del Solo, 2% Alamo Creek, 1% Enea
Pronunciation
luh see-gar vole aunt
TA
3.68
pH
6.0 g/L
Aging
10-15 years from release (February 2014)
Serving Temperature
55-65º F
Label Artist
Chuck House
Alcohol %
13.3
Wine Review Online
93

2010 Le Cigare Volant

93 points, Wine Review Online

“This vintage is complex, with layered fruit aromas, and beautifully structured, built as it were to improve over time. There is a cool-climate note to this wine, with peppery notes that lend pizzazz.”
-Robert Whitley

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Spearmint, cassis and blackberry leaf with even suggestions of cardamom and cocoa in the nose. The palate is doonright Burgundian—lush, creamy, and savory—lots of dark fruit—sloe and Damson plums, bing cherries and açaí (too long in Santa Cruz?) and a bright acidity, with exceptional length.
Ratings
93 Points | Wine Review Online | "The ever-engaging Randall Grahm touts his "regular" Le Cigare Volant these days as Burgundian. I would simply call it inspired, but not, as he points out, by Chateauneuf-du-Pape. In this vintage Grahm the winemaker leans heavily on Cinsault (17 percent), Mourvedre (17 percent) and Carignane (16 percent), more so than you would find in Chateauneuf, although Syrah (28 percent) and Grenache (22 percent) have the leading roles. If it's not a masterpiece of the blender's art, it's close. This vintage is complex, with layered fruit aromas, and beautifully structured, built as it were to improve over time. There is a cool-climate note to this wine, with peppery notes that lend pizzazz. Impressive now, but likely dazzling in three to five years. It has every right to improve." - Robert Whitley
Production Notes
Grenache (a quarter of the blend, 5% from our former Ca’ del Solo estate) adds rich black fruit flavors and a discreet spiciness. 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 select group of non-irrigated, centenarian Contra Costa vineyards continues to provide Mourvèdre for Cigare. A touch of Cinsault provides a very particular fragrance of flowers and aromatic herbs.
Winemaker Notes
Not so dissimilar from our ’09 blend, wherein we have a slightly higher percentage of Syrah as compared to the historical norm; we’ve found that by including compensating levels of Cinsault and Carignane in the blend, we’ve been able to tame the extreme extraversion of the Syrah component. 2010 was a cool vintage that provided an extra aromatic “lift” to the already vivid Cigare nose. My guess is that this is a Cigare of extreme ageworthiness.
Food Pairing Notes
Lamb, wild mushrooms, roasted chicken.
Production
1,344 cases
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