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2013 Le Cigare Volant - 5L
Wine Specs
55% grenache, 25% syrah, 16% mourvèdre, 4% cinsaut
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
38% Rancho Solo, 21% Bien Nacido 18% Ventana, 17% Del Barba, 4% Bechtold, 2% Alta Loma
6.5 g/L
Drinkable upon release. Potential: 10-15 years from release (May 2018)
Label Artist
Chuck House
Alcohol %

2013 Le Cigare Volant - 5L

Red Wine of the Earth in a stunning 5L presentation

30th Anniversary Vintage 

91 Points Wine Spectator
93 Points Wine Enthusiast
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
Wine Spectator - 91 Points: “Elegant and open-knit, with accents of game, licorice, raspberry and pepper that build richness toward polished tannins. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2026. 2,400 cases made.” - Tim Fish, Apr. 2018 | Wine Enthusiast - 93 Points: “...subtle mulberry fruit on the nose, a spicy peppercorn kick and plenty of gamy meats. That funky meat quality, from raw to jerkied, is prominent and pure on the sip, surrounded by exotic plums and Middle Eastern spices.” - Matt Kettmann, Dec. 2017
Production 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 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 (we recommend a braise in our Clos de Gilroy), roasted wild mushrooms. This format is fabulous for a grand celebration!
30 bottles
Other Notes
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.
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