2007 Bonny Doon "Le Cigare Volant" Rhône Blend

SKU #1073554 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (60% grenache, 32% syrah and 4% each of mourvedre and cinsault): Bright ruby. Raspberry, bitter cherry, herbs and dried flowers on the nose and palate, along with subtle smokiness and a touch of candied licorice. Gain weight and spiciness with air and finishes very long, with clinging cherry and bitter chocolate flavors. This wine's structure bodes well for cellaring.  (11/ 2011)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 regular bottling, the Le Cigare Volant (Normale), is almost Burgundian in its floral, black cherry, plum, and foresty notes. The wine is round, medium-bodied, elegant, and should drink nicely for 4-6 years.  (8/ 2010)

Connoisseurs Guide

 The folks at Bonny Doon refer to this as the "normale" bottling, and it is the winery's best known offering. In 2007, it is moderately rich with teasing touches of raspberry, toast and scattered spice, but it is still a bit blunt, and its fruit pulls up a little short at the finish line. It is fairly well-balanced and, in fact, shows plenty of energy, and it should fare better if left in the cellar for another three or four years.  (7/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 Firm and intense, with a steely, minerally edge to the dried berry, slate, pepper and nutmeg scents. Full-bodied, ending with a chewy aftertaste and tannins that have a touch of bitterness. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2018.  (12/ 2011)

K&L Notes

This is Bonny Doon's 23rd edition of Le Cigare Volant, and it just keeps getting better. The 2007 blends together Grenache and Syrah with just a dollop each Mourvèdre and Cinsault for a gamey, peppery, red-fruited wine that drinks well now and will continue to do so for another decade.

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 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 7/28/2012 
A nice, saturated ruby-purple in the glass. After having had several dozen Rhone wines I am always struck by how different the "CA Rhone Ranger" wines are from the actual AOC Rhone. When you sick your nose in the glass you are instantly hit with telltale AOC Rhone signals. Strong game notes, followed by plums & dark cherries with a spike of pepper so similar to a Cotes du Rhone. What I love is that all the fruit is rich & forward like a ripe, French vintage rather than a CA fruit bomb. There is a nice spine of acid to keep everything in balance. Delicious juice from Bonny Doon!

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

United States

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California

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Specific Appellation:

Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5