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2012 Le Cigare Volant 3L
Wine Specs
39% Mourvèdre, 33% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 2% Cinsault
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
33% Del Barba, 18% Bien Nacido, 17% Alta Loma, 11% Ventana, 7% Rancho Solo, 6% Enea, 5% Alamo Creek, 2% Woock and 1% Spanish Springs
5.6 g/L
Alcohol %
James Suckling
Planet Grape

2012 Le Cigare Volant 3L

Red Wine of the Earth, in a stunning 3L presentation

This is a wine from an extremely cool and elegant vintage, and by all experience, should be a great prospect for development.

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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.
91 Points, "Lots of dried berry as well as bramble berry and orange peel undertones. Medium to full body and a fresh finish. A blend of morvèdre, grenache, syrah and cinsault... Drink now." - James Suckling (Dec. 2017) | 90 Points, "Medium+ body with very fine texture, a generous, juicy finish and intense notes of dark plum skin and herb. Decant/Aerate."
“Great Wine" Winner - Slow Food's Slow Wine Awards | Silver - TexSom International Wine Awards | Silver - SF Chronicle Wine Competition
Vineyard Notes
Grenache 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.
40 bottles
Other Notes
Ingredients: Grapes, sulfur, and tartaric acid. In the winemaking process, the following were utilized: indigenous yeast, yeast nutrient, and French oak chips, and copper sulfate.
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