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Bonny Doon Vineyard White Rhone Blend California le Cigare Blanc 2006

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Le Cigare Blanc is the white analogue of Le Cigare Volant, our homage to the complex blended wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This seasonal outing is based 60% on the Roussanne variety. This mysteriously subtle grape combines stone and mineral notes with a package surprisingly full of ripe orchard fruit. This seasonal outing is based (75%) on the grenache blanc variety, which contributes fresh notes of tarragon, lemongrass and spiced melon. Roussanne, a mere 25% of the cuvée, adds significant weight and a complexity of quince intermingled with Asian pear. The grenache blanc streamlines the 2006 Le Cigare Blanc experience - the wine is svelte, nuanced and somehow faster than usual. Initially it speeds across the palate in a racy burst, before slowing a bit, exhibiting more complexity on the mid-palate as more and more layers are revealed leading to a dazzling peacock’s tail of a finish. Through read more...a process of careful discernment, we have discovered that Cigare Blanc pairs wonderfully well with young, mild sheep and goat’s milk cheese as well as funky washed rind cheese such as 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

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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,959
4.00 5
04/24/2009

Love this nose, it's got spice tones, a hint of almond milk and a dusty mineral tone over rich asian pear and quince fruit. There is a touch of sugar here but the acid keeps this lively and fresh. Delivers a burst of honied fruit right up front with a nice pear tone and some backing apricot notes. There is a nice mineral note that drives through the backend which has a nice subtle pineapple quality and leads to a rather long finish that has more honied tones but also very refreshing orange blossom notes and a lovely green herbal edge then a pineapple finale. 90pts


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4.00 5
04/24/2009

Lovely pears on the nose. Light bodied, tart, with a bit of oak baked in, some apples and herbs and a bit of spice. Rough acidity and a bit of bitterness in the mouth and especially on the finish make this quite an interesting wine.

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Snooth User: solomania9
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4.50 5
04/24/2009

Not much of a white drinker but this one really impressed me. Slightly more mineral and earthly than I'm used to, and the finish has some great spice. Very impressed.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
04/24/2009

Well rounded smooth body, with citric notes and assertive tartness. Lots of fruits, with peaches, lemons, avocado, and basil. The nose is sumptuous.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
04/30/2009

75% Grenache, 25% Rousanne Blanc Lightly oaked. There's some eucalyptus character, an some light spice. A lot of crispness to it, yet there's still a pleasant oiliness on the finish, which has a slight mint characteristic.

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  • Snooth User: troyconquer
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    4.00 5
    04/24/2009

    Smells.... like wine! Not blown away but it tastes fine, so I really like it!


    Snooth User: mary836
    19968781
    4.50 5
    06/19/2009

    Four and a half glasses



    Le Cigare Blanc is the white analogue of Le Cigare Volant, our homage to the complex blended wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This seasonal outing is based 60% on the Roussanne variety. This mysteriously subtle grape combines stone and mineral notes with a package surprisingly full of ripe orchard fruit. This seasonal outing is based (75%) on the grenache blanc variety, which contributes fresh notes of tarragon, lemongrass and spiced melon. Roussanne, a mere 25% of the cuvée, adds significant weight and a complexity of quince intermingled with Asian pear. The grenache blanc streamlines the 2006 Le Cigare Blanc experience - the wine is svelte, nuanced and somehow faster than usual. Initially it speeds across the palate in a racy burst, before slowing a bit, exhibiting more complexity on the mid-palate as more and more layers are revealed leading to a dazzling peacock’s tail of a finish. Through read more...a process of careful discernment, we have discovered that Cigare Blanc pairs wonderfully well with young, mild sheep and goat’s milk cheese as well as funky washed rind cheese such as young Italian Taleggio or an aged California Red Hawk.

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