The Bonny Doon Vineyard 2005 Le Cigare Volant is made from fruit sourced at a variety of long-term growers. This vintage is a blend of Grenache (50%), Mourvèdre (24%), Syrah (22%), Carignane (3%), and Cinsault (1%). This wine is bottled unfiltered and finished in screw cap
A floral component, led by violets, fills the nose of Le Cigar Volant. That’s joined by earth, hints of vanilla, jasmine and red plum as well. Blueberry, dark plum and subtle but present blackberry are at the core of the lush, full flavored palate of this wine. Spice notes are prominent throughout, with nutmeg, star anise and cardamom of particular note. Savory notes kick in and lead the finish along with increasing spice and flourishes of sour cherry, and earth. The finish is generous in length and impressively layered with subtlety. Medium tannins and excellent acidity balance things out nicely. This wine will pair well with something as casual as a gyro or more complex as Coq au Vin.
| Wine Advocate 87 points (Aug 2012)
Bonny Doon’s 2008 Le Cigare Volant is quite pretty. Sweet dark cherries, anise and flowers flesh out in this juicy red. The 2008 is approximately 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre and 7% Cinsault. Interestingly, this regular bottling of the Cigare Volant shows a bit more sweetness and length than the Reserve En Bonbonne. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.