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The 2004 is an aleph of light and dark notes; vibrant, fruity and floral notes contrasted against a denser, darker co...Read more...
Wow this is very fragrant with lovely notes of dried mountain flowers, herbs de provence, roasted meat, black earth and dried strawberries with hin... Read more
This wine is Bonny Doon's signature wine. It was very good. Read more
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 bla... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Le Cigare Volant
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
This wine is Bonny Doon's signature wine. It was very good.
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.
Taste was a little intense with hint of jawbone ache! I like it, but don't think I could drink a lot of it.
A fragrant wine, Oprah had this on her show...she loved it.
Drank at Merriman's in Hawaii.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Le Cigare Volant
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.
Open-knit, and effusively fruity, with ripe, juicy black cherry, wild berry and blueberry that shows off firm but well-integrated tannins on the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Viognier. Drink now through 2007.
Good dark red. Slightly candied, urgent aromas of bitter cherry, raspberry, root beer, chicory and charred oak. Supple, sappy and fresh, with brisk, intense, fruit-driven flavors of bitter cherry, wild strawberry and cranberry. Finishes persistent and gripping, with fine, slightly drying tannins and palate-cleansing fruity acids.
Tasty, with tart and spicy berry flavors and high tones of mineral, wax and cedar. Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2005.
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.
If the '98 Cigare was Grendel, the '99 Cigare is Grendel's mother. This wine is very rich, unctuous, with a decadent smoky, bacon fat nose and the raspberry, anise and Montmorency cherry fragrance that we have come to associate with this volitional effort.
The 2004 Le Cigare Volant appears to be slightly better than the 2003. Although it remains a lightweight, it reveals prettier fruit, more cherry and herb characteristics. It is an attractive bistro-styled red for uncritical quaffing.
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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