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2004 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant (750ml)
Producer: Bonny Doon Vineyard bonnydoonvineyard.com
Appellation: California - United States
Type: red
Varietal: Grenache - Mourvèdre - Syrah - Carignan
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Good/Very Good
Est. Price: US$28.99
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: October 29, 2009 , Wesley Guernsey
3 stars
rated: December 1, 2008 , Stephen Tanzer wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
"38% grenache, 35% syrah, 12% mourvedre, 8% carignane and 7% cinsaut. Deep red. Smoky aromas of raspberry, cherry, herbs and flowers are complemented by minerality. Midweight red berry and sweet cherry flavors are given spine by gentle acidity and silky tannins. The red fruit takes a darker turn on the finish, which leaves black raspberry and succulent herbs behind. Reminds me of an easygoing Gigondas; this is ready to drink."
rated: August 20, 2009 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"Bonny Doon's Châteauneuf-du-Pape impersonator-it's hard to believe it's not the real thing. First released in 1984, this blend of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre and cinsault pushed the boundaries of what was available at the time. Named for the storied cigar-shaped UFOs seen over the vineyards of Châteauneuf, this wine is an homage to the region and to mystery. Jammy raspberry, floral, anise and garrigue aromas give way to bright red fruit highlighted by meaty syrah and mourvèdre undertones and a streak of minerals. Lower in alcohol (only 13.5%) this wine is balanced, food-friendly and ready for your heartiest fare."