Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2009

California
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£35.25 per bottle
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Le Cigare Volant is Bonny Doon's homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, bright ruby in colour with a rich nose of cherry, blackcurrant and botanical herbs with just a hint of peppermint. On the palate it is packed with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit combined with notes of liquorice and spice. The tannins are gentle and the finish long - utterly delicious and approachable now though this wine will undoubtedly repay bottle ageing for many years to come.

Taste & Aroma

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Le Cigare Volant is Bonny Doon's homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, bright ruby in colour with a rich nose of cherry, blackcurrant and botanical herbs with just a hint of peppermint. On the palate it is packed with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit combined with notes of liquorice and spice. The tannins are gentle and the finish long - utterly delicious and approachable now though this wine will undoubtedly repay bottle ageing for many years to come.

Stuart McCloskey

Producer

Nearly everything about Bonny Doon makes it stand out from the crowd. Credit for this is due to founder and winemaker, Randall Graham for taking bold steps like using screwcaps, giving very original names given to the wines, disclosing levels of sulphites on the back label and choosing eye-catching labels. And it has worked! Using only estate-grown fruit from biodynamically farmed vineyards in Santa Cruz, Bonny Doon’s wines are premium examples of some of California’s best Rhone style blends. The flagship red and white, Le Cigare Volant is a tribute to the French region that provides the inspiration for his winemaking endeavours. Translated from French it means Flying Cigar, a reference to the bizarre law from the appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape banning these objects from flying over the vineyards. The red Cigare Volant follows the southern Rhone’s practice of using mostly grenache fruit offering ripe red fruit overlaid with sweet spices. The richness and intensity achieved yields a wine very similar to the real thing. In respect of the Cigare Volant Blanc, vintage conditions dictate whether the majority role in the blend is played by either Roussanne or Grenache Blanc. A stone fruit driven wine with honeyed notes, it has soft appeal from its creamy texture.

Region

California is the largest and most important wine region in the US – in fact, if California were a separate country it would be the world’s fourth largest wine producer! California stretches along the west coast of the USA meaning that soils and climates vary enormously depending on the area’s altitude, latitude and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Generally the cooler regions closer to the coast are most suited to the growing of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, whilst further inland (where the climate is much hotter) some of California’s most famous Cabernet Sauvignon wines are grown. The famous Ridge Estate is located here and produces some of the best and most sought after wines in California. If you enjoy Chardonnay, we highly recommend you take a look at Liquid Farm Winery, whose Chardonnay’s (we believe!) rival those of Burgundy.

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Simon Wright22nd Apr 2016

Perfectly poised and glorious and elegant structure. Nice concentration of fruit as well!!

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