Bonny Doon Vineyard - La Cigare Volant 2009-12Cherry Aromas
Country of OriginUSA
- Food MatchPoultry
- Grape TypeCinsault
- Grape TypeGrenache/Garnacha
- Grape TypeMourvedre
- Grape TypeSyrah/Shiraz
- Serving temperature Degrees C55-60
- Type of closureScrew Cap
- WinemakerRandall Graham
Bright ruby red with a pale purplish rim, it offers cherry aromas with a bit of spice, menthol, sassafras, and black pepper.
On the palate there is fresh cherry, pomegranate, and red bramble fruit.
The wine is peppery and lively with good acidity around an earthy, savoury core.
A blend of grenache, syrah, and mourvedre with just a soupcon of cinsault makes for a bright and wonderfully gamey wine. The chief red in residence, grenache, derives primarily from their traditional Biodynamic grenache source from Alta Loma Vineyard in Monterey County. This is supplemented with a smidge of estate grenache, adding a discreet spiciness to the attraction. The syrah is principally sourced from Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, which produces the closest analogue found to a Northern Rhine syrah - tannic and meaty in the lower registers; peppery, fruitful, and delicately floral in the top, all the while showing great balance and harmony.
A group of non-irrigated, centenarian Contra Costa vineyards has provided mourvedre for Cigare for many years. Finally, a dollop of cinsault provides a very particular fragrance of flowers and aromatic herb.