Bonny Doon Vineyard Red Rhone Blend California le Cigare Volant 2004

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The 2004 is an aleph of light and dark notes; vibrant, fruity and floral notes contrasted against a denser, darker co...

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Wow this is very fragrant with lovely notes of dried mountain flowers, herbs de provence, roasted meat, black earth and dried strawberries with hin... Read more

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

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 bla... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard Red Rhone Blend California le Cigare Volant

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
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: Majikk
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4.00 5
09/09/2008

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


4.50 5
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
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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Snooth User: mary836
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4.50 5
06/16/2009

A fragrant wine, Oprah had this on her show...she loved it.


Snooth User: JessicaW
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0.00 5
05/10/2009

Drank at Merriman's in Hawaii.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.50 5
04/24/2009

If Snooth opted for the relationship status, I would say that It's Complicated with Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant right now. It's rich and expressive, lots of dark chocolate and espresso flavors, wood, strong tannins, earth, cranberries, cherries, Marlboro 27's.


Snooth User: Philip James
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4.00 5
04/30/2009

Markedly different from the 2003. This is the wine to go for if you want a more meaty, fruity wine. The '03 is for structure and finesse. [compared to the '03]. Richer, more mouthfeel, much more youthful tannins. Plums dominate, but the tannins really build over time. A powerful wine, although the finish is smooth.


External Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard Red Rhone Blend California le Cigare Volant

External Review
05/18/2011

Open-knit, and effusively fruity, with ripe, juicy black cherry, wild berry and blueberry that shows off firm but well-integrated tannins on the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Viognier. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
05/18/2011

Randall Graham continues to make this wine harder and earthier with every vintage. The wine this year suggests sage and tobacco and black cherries, and is fairly tannic. It's a sophisticated wine; complex, layered and interesting. Far from flamboyant, it's understated and intense, with a dry finish.


External Review
05/18/2011

Named in honor of a French law that prohibits flying cigar landings, this southern Rhône-style red is a probing, extraterrestrial expression of spice, smoke, jammy raspberry and licorice. Firm, fine tannins and great length make this Cigare superb with roast meats (especially lamb), Moroccan and Midwestern food.


External Review
05/18/2011

Good dark red. Slightly candied, urgent aromas of bitter cherry, raspberry, root beer, chicory and charred oak. Supple, sappy and fresh, with brisk, intense, fruit-driven flavors of bitter cherry, wild strawberry and cranberry. Finishes persistent and gripping, with fine, slightly drying tannins and palate-cleansing fruity acids.


External Review
05/18/2011

I don't always give high scores to Cigare, but it's almost always an interesting wine that marches to its own beat. The '03 is really good. Syrah gives sturdy tannins and full body. Grenache adds a wealth of cherry and raspberry flavors. It's hard to say what Mourvèdre brings, perhaps a chocolaty richness. The result is a soft, appealing and complex Rhône-style red.


External Review
05/18/2011

The 2004 Le Cigare Volant appears to be slightly better than the 2003. Although it remains a lightweight, it reveals prettier fruit, more cherry and herb characteristics. It is an attractive bistro-styled red for uncritical quaffing.


External Review
05/18/2011

Bright red. Mineral-driven red berry and dark cherry aromas are complemented by licorice, espresso and pungent herbs. Firm and youthfully would-up on entry, with spicy red and dark berry flavors and slow-building tannins. Sweeter on the finish, but also turns more bitter, picking up dark berry preserve and roasted coffee notes. Plenty rich and full-flavored, but a tad warm.


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Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 is an aleph of light and dark notes; vibrant, fruity and floral notes contrasted against a denser, darker core rarely seen in preceding Cigares. The first wafting aromas suggest freshly warmed black raspberry conserve, rose petals, black licorice and garrigue. The grenache is hinted at by way of the bright puffs of raspberriocity and cherry liqueur, with the syrah and mourvèdre showing their tendency towards dominant density - laying down thick, recumbent panes of flavor vaguely suggesting spice, meatiness, and a strong expression of the minerality we have been working so hard to mine, as it were, in our high-flying flagship.

The 2004 is an aleph of light and dark notes; vibrant, fruity and floral notes contrasted against a denser, darker core rarely seen in preceding Cigares. The first wafting aromas suggest freshly warmed black raspberry conserve, rose petals, black licorice and garrigue. The grenache is hinted at by way of the bright puffs of raspberriocity and cherry liqueur, with the syrah and mourvèdre showing their tendency towards dominant density - laying down thick, recumbent panes of flavor vaguely suggesting spice, meatiness, and a strong expression of the minerality we have been working so hard to mine, as it were, in our high-flying flagship.

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