Editorial Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard le Cigare Volant
Wow this is very fragrant with lovely notes of dried mountain flowers, herbs de provence, roasted meat, black earth and dried strawberries with hints of black pepper and gum. Full of juicy, nervous acidity and ripe tannins that keep this refreshing. There is a fine interplay between the fruit, stemmy forest floor, and savory elements in the mouth. Lot's of meaty, leathery top notes up front yield to a mid-palate rich in strawberry and wild cherry tones with a touch of herb that leads to the rather long finish which offers return to a nicely meaty core coupled with a bright finale. This begs for lamb! 89pts
Twist and pour at 72 deg F. Deep dark red color. Nose with hints of barnyard, earthy dried fruit, and sour red fruit aromas. In the mouth tasty sour almost bright and almost layered fruit (plum, sour red berries) wrapped in an firm envelope of some tannin and bitter earthy notes. A bit on the watery side mid-palate but balanced and reasonably well-integrated. Not too much spice evident, not too complex at the twist-and-pour point. Finishes slowly but a bit warm. Dry. Body medium, acid medium or slightly higher, tannin medium or slightly higher. 44% syrah, 44% grenache, 12% cinsault, dash of mourvedre and carignane. Note: after 12 hrs at 50 deg F showed very rich neither sweet nor sour fruit that dominated the wine ... tasty in a Aussie heavy-fruited manner.
Three and a half glasses
Four and a half glasses
This wine is Bonny Doon's signature wine. It was very good.
Plum and frosting on this (still slightly hot) savory nose. Palate is juicy, rich, a bit spicy, with leather, a touch of black olive, rich deep black fruits and even a hint of bell pepper on the finish. Excellent wine.
Taste was a little intense with hint of jawbone ache! I like it, but don't think I could drink a lot of it.
External Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard le Cigare Volant
Its cepage is the same as its reserve companion but the outcome is not and this wine impresses as being a bit broader and richer if not as bright. It is moderately full-bodied with more evident grip and its themes of darker fruit are laced with woodsy spice. It is solidly structured and suggest that age will work in its favor and we recommend that it be set aside for at least another three or four years. Connoisseurs Guide.
Sleek and engaging, with ripe, supple, polished cherry, currant and dried berry flavors that glide across the palate, ending with gravel and spice box. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignane. Drink now through 2021. -JL Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2008 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 750ml
Its cepage is the same as its reserve companion, but the outcome is not, and this wine impresses as being a bit broader and richer if not as bright. It is moderately full-bodied with more evident grip, and its themes of darker fruit are laced with wo... Connoisseurs Guide. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2008 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 750ml
The 2007 Le Cigare Volant (En Foudre) displays more tannin and is leaner and earthier. It has a similar color but less obvious fruit and more austerity. - Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Pleasantly earthy with grilled meat dried berry pepper and sage flavors. Full-bodied and firming on the finish slowly unfolding and holding its focus. Grenache Syrah Mourv
Deep bright ruby. Sexy expressive aromas of red and dark berry preserves incense and fresh flowers. Broad supple and sweet with very good depth and a seamless texture. Sappy black raspberry and anise flavors cling on the long spice-accented finish. This bottling is more open-knit than the regular Cigare Volant and drinks very well right now. Stephen Tanzers IWC.
Aged in large cask and held in bottle a year before release, this famed red blend is dark and spicy and craves grilled meat.
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