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2012 Le Cigare Volant
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
luh see-gar vole-aunt
5.6 g/L
10-15 years from release (June 2016)
Alcohol %
James Suckling
Planet Grape

2012 Le Cigare Volant

"40 Wines That Changed The Way We Drink" - #28 - Food & Wine Magazine



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

92 Points Vinous
91 Points James Suckling

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A worthy successor to the ’11, though perhaps slightly less muscular, but conversely, incrementally more elegant. 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 aging.

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.
92 Points, Vinous. "Dark red. Aromas of raspberry jam musky flowers and earth are joined by spice licorice and vanilla nuances as the wine opens up. Juicy focused and smoky on the palate offering sweet red berry cherry and succulent herb flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Supple tannins frame and add grip to a very long spice-laced finish that echoes the earth and floral notes." - J.R. (Oct. 2018) | 91 Points, James Suckling. "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." (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.
Production Notes
4,000 cases
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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