Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bonny Doon Vineyard 2003 Le Cigare Volant (California)

Where do you start with an icon wine like this one.  Le Cigare is a red blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault which follows the blends of Chateauneuf-du-Pape (in France) ... the back label tells the story about flying saucers and the ordinance passed in 1954 against their landing in the vineyards of CdP.  Doon was started by Randall Grahm and he is one interesting character in the wine world - look him up to review his exploits. But this wine is not about flying saucers or Grahm's exploits it's about what you find in the glass, and you find a lot.  Dark fruit, lots of pepper and spice, good grippy tannins and gratification of sippability ... especially perfect with tonight's steak dinner ... in the words of the Campbell's Soup kids, "Mmm, Mmm Good."

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