Holiday Dinner Party 4-pack II
$129 (Regularly $163)
$109.65 Wine Club Members
Holiday Pack II
Perfect for entertaining! Start your celebration with a soft and rich white, Cigare Blanc Réserve, ideal with double and triple cream cheeses, or a chilled seafood display with plenty of aïoli. The Bien Nacido Syrah and Cigare Volant were selected to partner beautifully with a harvest meal of turkey and all the trimmings (although if you wanted to veer off into a different direction entirely, both wines are fantastic with braised short ribs). With dessert, a wine that pairs effortlessly with pumpkin pie, apple tart, or a course of nuts and cheeses. There's something here for everyone.
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The Pack includes one bottle of each of the following wines:
2016 Le Cigare Blanc Réserve “en bonbonne"
67% Grenache Blanc, 33% Roussanne· The wine is all about pome fruit—specifically Asian pear and quince, with ancillary suggestions of fennel and the slightest hint of wintergreen. Very soft and rich, this is a wine intended for gastronomic bliss.
2013 Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard, “X-Block"
100% Syrah · On the palate, very plush with soft tannins and suggestions of smoked meat in the lower register; peppery, minty and delicately floral on top. While absolutely approachable in the short-term, this X-Block will also repay cellaring. In the chilly winter months, try it paired with a Wild Mushroom Cobbler.
2013 Le Cigare Volant
55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 16% Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsaut · 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.
2017 Vin de Glacière - 375ml
100% Viognier · On the nose, you will find the subtle suggestion of white flower, Mirabelle plum, as well as the honeyed character of apricot and an unnamed highly exotic tropical fruit. These flavors carry through to the palate, coupled with further elements of citrus peel and clove. While reasonably sweet (165 g. of residual sugar), the wine is not at all cloying in virtue of its impeccable acidity. The wine will of course work exceptionally well as a dessert wine, especially paired with fruit desserts, but for sublime elegance, consider it as an apéritif with foie gras, or if you’re averse to that concept, perhaps a rich trout mousse.
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