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2011 Le Cigare Volant normale
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
37% Mourvèdre, 34% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 9% Cinsault
Appellation
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
21.5% Ventana, 20% Del Barba, 14% Rancho Solo, 12% Evangelho, 10.5% Bien Nacido, 10% Alamo Creek, 9% Bechtold, 3% Gonsalves
Pronunciation
luh see-gar vole-aunt
TA
5.8 g/L
pH
3.34
Aging
Cellaring: 10-15 years from release (April 2015)
Serving Temperature
55-65º F
Label Artist
Chuck House
Alcohol %
14.2
Wine Enthusiast
93
Wine Review Online
94
Planet Grape
92

2011 Le Cigare Volant normale

“Exceptional" - Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences

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
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SKU: CVB11C

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We have gotten particularly adept in allowing for the expression of a wonderful savoriness in Cigare, and a pretty nice mastery of tannins. Recent vintages seem to show more structure than years past, and we are convinced that this vintage will be capable of very long ageing.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A beautiful wine-dark, mulberry color, and a first nose of dark, cool loamy earth with suggestions of raspberries, Damson plums and cherry/chocolate. On the palate, it is sleek and racy with a lively acidity, very soft tannins and great persistence. This is a wine from an extremely cool and elegant vintage, and by all experience, should be a great prospect for very long ageing and development.
Ratings
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." -M.K., December 2015 | 94 POINTS, WINE REVIEW ONLINE: “Bonny Doon's flagship wine is this iconic American Rhone-style blend, which put both Randall Grahm and Bonny Doon on the map. Still crazy good after all these years, the 2011 is a muscular wine that will benefit from additional time in the cellar, though I wouldn't hesitate to serve it up now alongside a savory roasted chicken. This vintage emphasizes dark fruits and spice, with good balance, serious dimension on the palate, and a fine, lingering finish." - Robert Whitley, July 7, 2015 | “Exceptional" - DAN BERGER'S VINTAGE EXPERIENCES: “The classic Rhone-ish expression of Randall Grahm's fascination with wines of personality, the blend here is 35% Mourvedre (for its blueberry fruit) and 34% Grenache for cherry and peppery notes. I have tasted many older versions of this wine and this one is set up to age a long time." July 9, 2015
Vineyard Notes
Grenache (15% from our former Ca’ del Solo estate, now called Rancho Solo) 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.
Food Pairing Notes
Lamb dishes of all sorts, Moroccan tagine, braised beef short ribs, wild mushrooms.
Production
2,527 cases
Other Notes
Ingredients: Grapes, tartaric acid, and sulfur dioxide. In the winemaking process, the following were utilized: indigenous yeast, yeast nutrients, and French oak chips. At the time of bottling, this product contained: 55 ppm total SO2 and 25 ppm free SO2.
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