57% Grenache, 17% Cinsaut, 16% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah
37% Alta Loma, 21% Rancho Solo, 17% Bechtold, 15% Del Barba, 10% Coastview
Ideally hold 3 years from release (Apr. 2018), then 7 years ageability
2015 Cigare “Alt. F"
April 2018 DEWN Release
Item Ships: Apr 30, 2018
$26.00 per bottle / $280.80 per case
$22.10 per bottle / $249.60 per case (Members)
Bright, vivid, almost violaceous color. The nose aggressively attacks—almost as if being at undergrad at Cal, being sprayed with the most benign pepper spray imaginable. So much so, I imagined that this variant (outtakes of our Cigare Volant blending sessions) had to have an enormous percentage of Syrah. But what I imagined was white pepper was now morphing into a high-toned cherry/ almond aroma, our old pal, benzaldehyde. (Now, that had to have come from the Cinsaut!) Further examination yielded a bit of chocolate and coconut, which, coupled with the cherry/almond quality, more or less translated into a vinous Almond Joy. Do give this wine the benefit of some time in the glass, or even better, use a decanter.
Food Pairing Notes
Grilled rib eye with grilled stone fruit (such as peaches) topped with Cambozola and fresh arugula. Bergamino di Bufala. Grilled vegetable platter. Sesame-crusted Ahi tuna steak.