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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2008
Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2008
(search item no. 119649)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate 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:

Cool earth is the first thing you smell when you open a bottle of the '08 Cigare Volant, followed by the comforting fragrance of peppermint and raspberry. Tasting the wine, one is struck by its bright acidity and black fruit – mulberry, cassis and black raspberry – coupled with a discreet earthiness (telegraphed, as it were, in the nose). The tannins are gentle, but the wine still possesses a strong upright spine; every element stands in very exquisite balance.

Utterly delicious and approachable now – especially brilliant with game, lamb and roasted meats – the wine will undoubtedly repay bottle ageing for many (10-15) years hence.

Blend: 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 13% Mourvèdre, 7% Cinsault, 5% Carignane

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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).