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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2007
Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2007
(search item no. 112194)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre with just a soupçon of Cinsault, make for a bright and wonderfully gamey wine. Very youthful with toasty notes of cherry, birch, sassafras and pomegranate. While the zesty '07 is excellent right now, decanting or aging it for 2-3 more years would be all to the good.

Pair this racey red with a bloomsdale spinach salad with sherry vinaigrette garnished with carpaccio of tuna or beef. Speaking of beef, a rare steak in any number of variations (tri-tip, hanger, New York, filet) would be quite delish. But more exotic fare such as chicken tikka masala or Tandoori lamb chops will also work wonderfully well.

Blend: 60% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, and 4% Cinsault

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About Bonny Doon Vineyard:

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 Liberal Arts major. A complete and insufferable wine fanatic, he returned to the University of California at Davis to complete a degree in viticulture in 1979. Grahm is known as the "Rhone Ranger" for his pioneering work in the popularization of Rhone and Provencal varieties in California. Bonny Doon produces an array of such favorites as: Vin Gris de Cigare (thinking person's pink wine), Le Sophiste (Roussanne/Marsanne melange), Clos de Gilroy (young, fruity Grenache), Le Cigare Volant (Cryptoneuf-du-Pape), Garnacha (the strong Pink Wine), and a dramatically intense Muscat "Vin de Glaciere" (wine of the icebox).