Bonny Doon Vineyard le Cigare Volant 2010

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Bonny Doon Vineyard:
Based in Santa Cruz, the heartland of New Age thinking and dreaming, Bonny Doon Vineyard has a not so surprising history of idealism and innovation. Founded in 1983 by Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon is known for strikingly original wines made from “lesser” known grape varieties, the so-called vinous Ugly Ducklings. Originally focused on pinot noir, Bonny Doon Vineyard made its mark on the vinous wor... Read more
Based in Santa Cruz, the heartland of New Age thinking and dreaming, Bonny Doon Vineyard has a not so surprising history of idealism and innovation. Founded in 1983 by Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon is known for strikingly original wines made from “lesser” known grape varieties, the so-called vinous Ugly Ducklings. Originally focused on pinot noir, Bonny Doon Vineyard made its mark on the vinous world with its pioneering work with Rhône varieties and innovative production techniques. Since the adoption of Biodynamic® farming practices in 2004, Bonny Doon Vineyard wines evince a deeper sense of place, complexity, varietal expression and a noticeable sense of organization. We invite you to share in our most passionate and terrestrial expressions ~ the wines of Bonny Doon Vineyard. To all our Big House and Cardinal Zin Fans: In an effort to return to our roots and re-focus on the production of unique and distinctive, biodynamically produced wines truly expressive of place, President and Winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard sold the rapidly growing BIG HOUSE and CARDINAL ZIN brands in July 2006 to the Wine Group, a management-owned wine company based in San Francisco. “I had been raving on long enough about the transcendental value of terroir; it was time to translate mere words into deeds. Today, the winery is much smaller, just 35,000 cases (and shrinking) we’re making fewer kinds of wine and we’re highly focused on making the most soulful wines we can possibly muster – wines of vibrant vitality, a deeper sense of place and life force.” Read less

Editorial Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard le Cigare Volant

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,940
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 04/24/2009

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


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Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,563
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/08/2012

Old vines.


Snooth User: dynowine
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 10/03/2010

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.


Snooth User: taschario
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/16/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: cdros
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 06/29/2010

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Majikk
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 09/08/2008

This wine is Bonny Doon's signature wine. It was very good.


4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 04/24/2009

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.

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Snooth User: troyconquer
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 04/24/2009

Taste was a little intense with hint of jawbone ache! I like it, but don't think I could drink a lot of it.

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External Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard le Cigare Volant

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2013

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


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2008 11/14/2013

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.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2008 03/19/2013

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


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2014

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.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 03/21/2014

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.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2014

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


External Review
Vintage: 2006 06/30/2010

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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