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2012 Le Cigare Volant Reserve "en bonbonne" $60/bottle (Member Price $48)
Anaerobically cellared, affiné or “perfected” in 20 liter glass demijohns on its lees, this wine represents the peak of elegance in the eclectic Bonny Doon Vineyard range.
#2, 50 Best Wines of 2016, VinePair - "Randall Grahm is a winemaker who continues to impress. His move to close all of his wines with screwcap might be seen by some people as cheapening the wines, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This is a serious, age-worthy red wine that showcases why Randall is one of this country’s best winemakers. A Rhone-style red blend, the wine is deep and dark with the Syrah playing the dominant role. Flavors of dark berries marry with leather to create a delicious wine."
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2013 Le Cigare Volant Reserve "en bonbonne" $60/bottle (Member Price $48)
This is now our sixth iteration of Le Cigare Volant Réserve, and we continue to explore the great potentiality of the powerful technique of élevage in glass carboy.
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2016 Le Cigare Blanc Reserve "en bonbonne" $48/bottle (Member Price $38.40)
This is the sixth iteration of Le Cigare Blanc Réserve, and we continue to learn more about the mysteries of élevage in glass demijohn. This wine is the same blend as our standard issue Cigare Blanc, apart from the fact that we’ve allowed it to undergo malolactic fermentation, and at that point, we gave it a light SO2 addition, racked it to glass demijohn (bonbonne), where it reposed for a year and a half, getting anaerobically stirred more or less fortnightly.
2018 Vin Gris de Cigare Réserve (62% Grenache, 38% Mourvedre) $26/bottle (Member Price $20.80)
It has typically been our practice to age the Vin Gris Reserve en bonbon, but in 2018 the grapes from the Texas Vineyard in West Paso Robles were so singular in their nature, it seemed appropriate to choose a slightly different route. Paso Robles, even on the westside is quite warm, the Texas Vineyard was essentially dry-farmed, coming off of a very dry winter. All of these factors combined to create the smallest clusters and berries of the most concentrated Grenache and Mourvedre one could imagine. (Essentially, the vines reached a certain point in their development and were so stressed they stopped producing sugar.) The grapes had plenty of acid and were not at all shriveled or raisinated; they were just done. We pressed the fruit with the lightest possible touch (no crushing at all) to be careful not to extract excess phenolics, and the juice was barrel fermented, again to soften any potential astringency. The result is an extremely powerful pink wine, revved up with energy, and ready to go a very great distance, possibly well into the mid-21st century (if we live that long).
2016 Vin Gris de Cigare Réserve (62% Grenache, 38% Mourvedre) $26/bottle (Member Price $20.80)
The encépagement of the ’16 Vin Gris de Cigare Réserve is slight different from the ’16 Normale—the most salient difference, again, being its élevage in 5 gallon glass demijohn sur lie, and of course, it is bottled without filtration. There is enormous depth to this wine and it possesses something like an infinity pool finish.
2018 Riesling to Live (Sparkling Riesling) $35/bottle (Member price $28)
This wine is a reprise of a wine that we produced back in 2006 from the Ca’ del Solo Vineyard in Soledad, but in this instance, we’ve substituted the brilliant very old vine (ungrafted) Riesling fruit from our friend, Pat Wirz, in the Cienega Valley of San Benito County. Pat’s Riesling fruit was a major component of the Pacific Rim bottlings that we did for many years. Its hallmark characteristic is the distinctive lemony quality it reliably imparts. Pat farms organically and without irrigation, so there is a preternatural level of intensity to his fruit and a searing acidity - just perfecto for sparkling wine. We whole-cluster pressed the grapes very gently and after sixteen months en tirage bottled the wine Nature, which is to say with no additional dosage. The Germans call this style of wine Sekt, a largely and tragically unknown category to most. We can’t really say this publicly but Riesling to Live will definitely promote Sektual healing, pace Marvin Gaye.