Bonny Doon Vineyard Red Rhone Blend California le Cigare Volant 2008

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90 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): (45% grenache, 30% syrah, 13% mourvedre, 7% cinsault and 5% carignane): Bright ruby. Pungent cherry, blackcurrant and botanical herbs on the nose, with a slow-building floral nuance and a hint of peppery spices. Sappy dark berry flavors show very good intensity and gain spiciness and smokiness with air. Supple tannins gain power on the gently gripping finish, which leaves a note of bitter cherry behind. (Nov/Dec 2012)

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

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
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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90 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): (45% grenache, 30% syrah, 13% mourvedre, 7% cinsault and 5% carignane): Bright ruby. Pungent cherry, blackcurrant and botanical herbs on the nose, with a slow-building floral nuance and a hint of peppery spices. Sappy dark berry flavors show very good intensity and gain spiciness and smokiness with air. Supple tannins gain power on the gently gripping finish, which leaves a note of bitter cherry behind. (Nov/Dec 2012)

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