2007 Bonny Doon "Le Cigare Volant" Rhône Blend
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.