Bonny Doon Vineyard White Rhone Blend California le Cigare Blanc 2005

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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.

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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

Member Reviews for Bonny Doon Vineyard White Rhone Blend California le Cigare Blanc

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Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.00 5
12/02/2007

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.


Snooth User: connie7899
43922898
3.00 5
07/20/2008

Great mouth feel. Pepper, black fruit. No lingering finish which was a bit disappointing.



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.

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