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Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Blend: 75% grenache blanc, 25% roussanne
From what far-flung, telic appellation might be dispatched a white cigar? Le Cigare Blanc is the white analogue of Le Cigare Volant, our homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This seasonal outing is based (75%) on the
grenache blanc variety, which contributes fresh notes of tarragon, lemongrass and spiced melon. Roussanne, a mere 25% of the cuvée, adds significant weight and a complexity of quince intermingled with Asian pear. The grenache blanc streamlines the 2006 Cigare Blanc experience - the wine is svelte, nuanced and somehow faster than usual. Initially it speeds across the palate in a racy burst, before slowing a bit, exhibiting more complexity on the mid-palate as more and more layers are revealed leading to a dazzling peacock's tail of a finish. Through a process of careful discernment, we have discovered that Cigare Blanc pairs wonderfully well with young, mild sheep's and goat's milk cheeses as well as moderately funky washed rind cheese such as a young Italian Taleggio or an aged California Red Hawk.
Bonny Doon Vineyard is situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the tiny hamlet of Bonny Doon. The winery was founded in 1983 by the Grahm family. Randall Grahm, Winemaker and President-for-Life of Bonny Doon Vineyard, was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended Uncle Charlie's Summer Camp, excuse me, the prestigious University of California at Santa Cruz, where he was a permanent...Read More About Bonny Doon
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...Read More About Central Coast
White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...Read More About Rhone White Blends
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