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2013 Le Cigare Volant
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 %
Wine Spectator
Wine Enthusiast

2013 Le Cigare Volant

Red Wine of the Earth - 30th Anniversary Vintage



91 Points Wine Spectator
93 Points Wine Enthusiast


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Top Wines of 2018, Sunset Magazine, "“Randall Grahm’s wines have been so consistently good for so many years, especially the flagship Grenache-led blend.” - Chef Tanya Holland

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 30th Anniversary release of this, our flagship wine. A beautiful wine—dark and mulberry in color as in nose. One scents cool loamy earth with suggestions of raspberries and Damson plums. I do so love the largely Grenache vintages of Cigare; there’s an unmistakable spiciness to them—orange peel, cinnamon and black pepper. Grenache is not just about fragrance however; any synesthete worth his/her Maldon salt will know that the scent of Grenache is in part highly textural—soft and velveteen. And sure enough, on the palate the wine is also an essence of velours.
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 | Vinous - 90 Points: "Bright ruby-red. Ripe smoke-accented red berries cured meat leather and a hint of cola on the perfumed nose. Seamless and gently sweet offering bitter cherry five-spice powder and dark chocolate flavors and a distinctly gamy element. The long smoky finish echoes the cherry and spice notes and is given shape by supple interwoven tannins. This wine is quite Old World in style and I suspect that readers who are used to polished modern wines might be taken aback here. Drinking Window: 2020-2026" — Josh Raynolds, Oct. 2018
50 Great Summer Wines to Try From All 50 States | California - "It’s hard to choose just one, but I’m going with Bonny Doon Vineyard‘s 2013 Le Cigare Volant, which is the 30th-anniversary release of the flagship wine. Bonny Doon proprietor Randall Grahm has created an all-American project, Popelouchum, through which he plans to breed 10,000 new grape varieties to create a true vin de terroir California wine." (Eat Sip Trip) | Great Wine Award - Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California 2019
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, roasted game birds, braised beef short ribs (we recommend a braise in our Clos de Gilroy), steak frites, roasted wild mushrooms.
2,400 cases
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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