91 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast: “Randall Grahm’s blend of 55% Roussanne, 26% Grenache Blanc and 19% Picpoul Blanc shows sliced honeydew, wet stone and a flash of topicality on the delicate nose. The mouthfeel is steely with layers of tense energy, showing lime pith and faint green banana, as well as lemon blossoms lasting long on the finish." -M.K., December 2015
Le Cigare Blanc is the white analog of Le Cigare Volant, our homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The great white Cigare is not unlike the great white whale; rarely seen, difficult to catch, yet its name is legend. It’s a rich, savory wine with greater power and extraction than one typically finds at Bonny Doon.
With a color as pale as drying grass in mid-summer, the ’13 Cigare Blanc immediately takes me to the heady fragrance of the Beeswax Vyd. itself – pears and other pome fruit, citronella, muskmelon, fennel, along with a white flower that I can’t quite place. But, the very odd thing is that all of the grapes grown at this vineyard have the fragrance of beeswax itself. On the palate, the wine is rich and elegant at the same time – great persistence on the palate but with a refreshing acidity and a slightly chalky mineral aspect.
Since 2003, we’ve produced this blend of grenache blanc, roussanne and picpoul, derived from a single vineyard source, the Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County. Farmed organically, surrounded by wilderness, and shielded from the cool Pacific Coast winds by the Santa Lucia Mountains, Beeswax Vineyard grows complex, concentrated and mineral intensive grapes from deeply rooted vines.
An intensely flavored wine at a relatively modest degree of alcohol; the ’13 Cigare Blanc underwent a complete malolactic fermentation.
Food Pairing Notes
This is a wine that you definitely want to serve with a rich beurre blanc, though a lobster risotto would also serve quite nicely.