55% grenache, 25% syrah, 16% mourvèdre, 4% cinsaut
38% Rancho Solo, 21% Bien Nacido 18% Ventana, 17% Del Barba, 4% Bechtold, 2% Alta Loma
Drinkable upon release. Potential: 10-15 years from release (May 2018)
2013 Le Cigare Volant
Red Wine of the Earth
$45.00 per bottle / $486.00 per case
$38.25 per bottle / $432.00 per case (Members)
The 30th Anniversary release of this, our flagship wine. 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.
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 Cinsaut 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.
INGREDIENTS Grapes, sulfur, and tartaric acid. In the winemaking process, the following were utilized: indigenous yeast, yeast nutrients, and French oak chips, and copper sulfate.