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Le Cigare Volant 2004

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The 2004 is an aleph of light and dark notes; vibrant, fruity and floral notes contrasted against a denser, darker core rarely seen in preceding Cigares. The first wafting aromas suggest freshly warmed black raspberry conserve, rose petals, black licorice and garrigue. The grenache is hinted at by way of the bright puffs of raspberriocity and cherry liqueur, with the syrah and mourvèdre showing their tendency towards dominant density - laying down thick, recumbent panes of flavor vaguely suggesting spice, meatiness, and a strong expression of the minerality we have been working so hard to mine, as it were, in our high-flying flagship.

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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 Le Cigare Volant

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,798
4.00 5
04/24/2009

Wow this is very fragrant with lovely notes of dried mountain flowers, herbs de provence, roasted meat, black earth and dried strawberries with hints of black pepper and gum. Full of juicy, nervous acidity and ripe tannins that keep this refreshing. There is a fine interplay between the fruit, stemmy forest floor, and savory elements in the mouth. Lot's of meaty, leathery top notes up front yield to a mid-palate rich in strawberry and wild cherry tones with a touch of herb that leads to the rather long finish which offers return to a nicely meaty core coupled with a bright finale. This begs for lamb! 89pts


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Snooth User: Majikk
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4.00 5
09/08/2008

This wine is Bonny Doon's signature wine. It was very good.


4.50 5
04/24/2009

Plum and frosting on this (still slightly hot) savory nose. Palate is juicy, rich, a bit spicy, with leather, a touch of black olive, rich deep black fruits and even a hint of bell pepper on the finish. Excellent wine.

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Snooth User: troyconquer
156663458
4.00 5
04/24/2009

Taste was a little intense with hint of jawbone ache! I like it, but don't think I could drink a lot of it.

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Snooth User: mary836
19968781
4.50 5
06/16/2009

A fragrant wine, Oprah had this on her show...she loved it.


Snooth User: JessicaW
15828735
0.00 5
05/09/2009

Drank at Merriman's in Hawaii.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.50 5
04/24/2009

If Snooth opted for the relationship status, I would say that It's Complicated with Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant right now. It's rich and expressive, lots of dark chocolate and espresso flavors, wood, strong tannins, earth, cranberries, cherries, Marlboro 27's.


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

Markedly different from the 2003. This is the wine to go for if you want a more meaty, fruity wine. The '03 is for structure and finesse. [compared to the '03]. Richer, more mouthfeel, much more youthful tannins. Plums dominate, but the tannins really build over time. A powerful wine, although the finish is smooth.


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External Reviews for Le Cigare Volant

External Review
05/18/2011

Named in honor of a French law that prohibits flying cigar landings, this southern Rhône-style red is a probing, extraterrestrial expression of spice, smoke, jammy raspberry and licorice. Firm, fine tannins and great length make this Cigare superb with roast meats (especially lamb), Moroccan and Midwestern food.


External Review
05/18/2011

Randall Graham continues to make this wine harder and earthier with every vintage. The wine this year suggests sage and tobacco and black cherries, and is fairly tannic. It's a sophisticated wine; complex, layered and interesting. Far from flamboyant, it's understated and intense, with a dry finish.


External Review
05/18/2011

Tasty, with tart and spicy berry flavors and high tones of mineral, wax and cedar. Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
01/04/2012

Austere, with lean tannins, tart berry flavors, spicy tobacco and fresh herbal notes. Tight and tannic, but intense and balanced. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvegrave;dre, Carignane, Cinsault and Grenache Blanc. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
01/04/2012

The 2004 Le Cigare Volant exhibits elegant notes of sweet kirsch, loamy soil, pepper, and herbs. It is a pleasant, fruity, medium-bodied, bistro-styled red to drink over the next 2ndash;4 years. However, it canrsquo;t compete with the Bonny Doonrsquo;s wines from the early to mid-1980s.


External Review
05/18/2011

Randall Grahm, the original Rhône Ranger, first began planting vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1981. His first vintage of Le Cigare Volant, his flagship wine, was released in 1984. The rest is history.


External Review
05/18/2011

Smells fruity, with hints of plum and wild berry, yet turns dry and tannic on the palate with less fruit evident. Drink now through 2002. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mouvèdre.


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The 2004 is an aleph of light and dark notes; vibrant, fruity and floral notes contrasted against a denser, darker core rarely seen in preceding Cigares. The first wafting aromas suggest freshly warmed black raspberry conserve, rose petals, black licorice and garrigue. The grenache is hinted at by way of the bright puffs of raspberriocity and cherry liqueur, with the syrah and mourvèdre showing their tendency towards dominant density - laying down thick, recumbent panes of flavor vaguely suggesting spice, meatiness, and a strong expression of the minerality we have been working so hard to mine, as it were, in our high-flying flagship.

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