$28.00 per bottle / $302.40 per case
$23.80 per bottle / $268.80 per case (Members)
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.
Pale, slightly lime-green color with great freshness in the
honeyed nose—lilac, almond blossom and suggestions of
lemon curd. Perhaps even a touch of fennel and spearmint,
juxtaposed against a quince/Asian pear background.
(These descriptors seem to be the calling cards of the
Grenache Blanc/Roussanne admixture, at least from the
Beeswax Vineyard.) The ’14 seems texturally a bit lighter
on its feet than the ’13; maybe a slightly brighter acidity
and not quite as weighty or ponderous on the palate. That
said, this wine is not a shrinking violet. The ’14 Cigare Blanc seems
destined for long-life and will continue to improve over the
next five years, perhaps much longer.
Since 2003, we’ve produced this blend of grenache blanc
and roussanne 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 ’14 Cigare Blanc
underwent a complete malolactic fermentation.
Food Pairing Notes
It is quite rich
and luscious, plenty of glycerol and non-trivial extract;
Le Cigare Blanc remains a great vin de gastronomie, pairing
well with rich, buttery dishes. A wine that you definitely want to serve with a rich beurre blanc, though a lobster risotto would also serve quite nicely.
INGREDIENTS: Grapes and sulfur dioxide. In the winemaking process, the following were utilized:
indigenous yeast, yeast nutrients, bentonite, and French oak barrels.