37% Mourvèdre, 34% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 9% Cinsault
21.5% Ventana, 20% Del Barba, 14% Rancho Solo, 12% Evangelho, 10.5% Bien Nacido, 10% Alamo Creek, 9% Bechtold, 3% Gonsalves
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Ideally hold for a year or two (April 2016-17), 15-20+ years ageability
2011 Le Cigare Volant Réserve “en bonbonne"
93 points - “Round, sultry and savory with notes of blackberry, boysenberry, cherry, dried herbs, leather and mushroom."
$60.00 per bottle / $648.00 per case
$51.00 per bottle / $576.00 per case (Members)
Beautiful, deep violet robe, not quite saturated color, but nary a trace of rust. First nose is peppermint, cherries, and of course deep, loamy earth—almost the scent of decaying leaves. What I’ve loved best about the Cigare Réserve wines is their texture—utterly seamless and sleek, and secondarily, their quality of umami, no doubt a function of the glutamate released from the autolysis of yeast cells during the élevage. The wine has a very satisfying richness, an aura of confident power and authority, but it is in noway overbearing.
91 points - “This ruby colored red blend opens with an oak and black cherry bouquet with a hint of strawberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and very approachable. The flavor profile is a smoky oak influenced red plum with notes of minerality. I also detected hints of mild red raspberry and blueberry. The finish is dry and its dusty tannins and fruit flavors are nicely prolonged. This wine is very food friendly and would pair with many meals. I would choose Bon Appetit's ultimate bolognese sauce served over pappardelle." Ken's Wine Guide, Ken Hoggins.
Food Pairing Notes
I wish I could propose a vast range of dishes to pair with this special wine, but it is a lonely warrior and best stands alone, possibly consoled by an extremely large wedge of Stilton cheese.