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Le Cigare Volant 2003

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2003 is something of a welcome anomaly. In that year, whether due to a faulty GPS or some very funky pruning in the Hecker Pass grenache fields, the Cigare temporarily drifted away its traditional reliance on grenache as a moral tether. Here syrah and mourvèdre are dominant to the tune of a combined 65% of the blend and they have seen fit to take the sun-loving grenache - which accounts for a bare 26% of the blend - behind the woodshed. Of the vintages of new millennium, this one indeed is the densest, the most rigid and structured. The last time we detoured down this track was 1995 and you can hardly quarrel with the results. The obligatory “This is the most age worthy Cigare to date” proclamation carted out every few years seems to actually carry some water with the ’95 as it is very fresh and energetic, still in a stage of early development. One can confidently predict that the 2003 will mature along a similar trajectory, the meaty musculature of the syrah and mourvèdre - and the protective cocoon of the Stelvin closure - providing a solid framework for the spicecake, raspberry liqueur and peppery ornamentation to coalesce and evolve over the next 15 years.

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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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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
04/30/2009

Tobacco, figs and pepper on the nose. A refined wine, with just the perfect amount of age. The fruit's still there - black cherry, blackcurrant, raisins - but there are also some nice secondary aromas - leather. Its very fruity, on the verge of being too much, so I bet its improved over the last few years as the fruit had time to die down. Nice integrated finish. There's a touch of licorice on the finish, but its muted - which is good.


Snooth User: sleepy
3987059
3.00 5
02/05/2008

Three glasses



2003 is something of a welcome anomaly. In that year, whether due to a faulty GPS or some very funky pruning in the Hecker Pass grenache fields, the Cigare temporarily drifted away its traditional reliance on grenache as a moral tether. Here syrah and mourvèdre are dominant to the tune of a combined 65% of the blend and they have seen fit to take the sun-loving grenache - which accounts for a bare 26% of the blend - behind the woodshed. Of the vintages of new millennium, this one indeed is the densest, the most rigid and structured. The last time we detoured down this track was 1995 and you can hardly quarrel with the results. The obligatory “This is the most age worthy Cigare to date” proclamation carted out every few years seems to actually carry some water with the ’95 as it is very fresh and energetic, still in a stage of early development. One can confidently predict that the 2003 will mature along a similar trajectory, the meaty musculature of the syrah and mourvèdre - and the protective cocoon of the Stelvin closure - providing a solid framework for the spicecake, raspberry liqueur and peppery ornamentation to coalesce and evolve over the next 15 years.

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