Le Cigare Volant 2004
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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