Bonny Doon Vineyard White Rhone Blend California le Cigare Blanc 2005
From what far-flung, telic appellation might be dispatched a white cigar? Le Cigare Blanc is the white analogue of Le Cigare Volant, our homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This seasonal outing is based (60%) on the Roussanne variety. This mysteriously subtle grape combines stone and mineral notes within a package surprisingly full of ripe orchard fruit. Grenache blanc at 40% volume adds its own bright refreshing character, nearly merging this cuvée into the fast lane of snappiness, before the Roussanne takes charge, pulling stylishly over to the right and settling down for a seductively long ride. Through a process of careful discernment, it has been discovered that Cigare Blanc pairs wonderfully well with young, mild sheep’s and goat’s milk cheeses as well as moderately funky washed rind cheese such as a young Italian Taleggio or an aged California Red Hawk.
Great mouth feel. Pepper, black fruit. No lingering finish which was a bit disappointing.
Blech. Not the most inspiring wine. Well made, and not BAD, but not arresting either. If you let it warm up to just a few degrees under red wine temperature, you will get muted aromas of lime blossom and chalk, which are echoed on the palate. That's it. I found nothing typical of Roussanne or Grenache Blanc. Maybe better with shellfish like oyster, but certainly not with anything richer that you would normally serve with a Rhone white.