Blend: 50% grenache, 24% mourvedre, 22% syrah, 3% carignane, 1% cinsault
An earthier style of Cigare than previous editions,
the 2005 shows a deep ruby robe with bright purple
highlights. Aromas of spiced meat, kirsch, mushrooms, a soupçon of truffle and dark chocolate make for a richly perfumed red wine. Flavors of earthy red fruit, cocoa beans and sweet spice, balanced with moderate acidity, slightly crunchy tannins and a generous, even voluptuous texture with a long, savory finish. This wine has the structure to age well and shows more French oak than is normal for us. Quite delicious, yet clearly serious and stylistically, very Old World. Ages until kids are out of the house. As of this date (Feb. 5, 2009), the wine has definitely begun to close up
shop - not a cause for despair, but an indication of its great ageing potential.