Bonny Doon Vineyard

Le Cigare Volant Red Rhone Blend

9.1399 ratings
9.0130 pro ratings
California, USA
Red Rhone Blend
Tomato-Based, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Mushrooms, Onion, Pungent Cheese, Venison, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Pork, Beef
Top Notes For
Ken Swegles

Superb

Superb

Dec 15th, 2017
Jay Kline

Screw top, drop top...I've drank the 2011 a half-dozen time at this point and each bottle has been more or less consistent. The wine presents a very pretty garnet in the glass; not quite transparent. It's brambles, asphalt, flowers and an obvious touch of funk on the nose. On the palate it's not quite as complex, mostly bright brambles and plums. Body is definitely on the leaner side and finishes a little hot but it's not distracting. This is a rather good take on CdP with a lot of the characteristics one would expect and would be a really fun bottle to throw into a blind tasting. That being said, it's definitely on the more Burgundian side of the spectrum and will never be mistaken for the great producers of CdP and...if we're being honest here...one can spend $10-$15 more and drink a really good CdP soooooo, maybe not the greatest value when you think of it that way. Currently, this wine performs best with 30 minutes of air and drinks well for about 2 hours before decline. Drink now.

Screw top, drop top...I've drank the 2011 a half-dozen time at this point and each bottle has been more or less consistent. The wine presents a very pretty garnet in the glass; not quite transparent. It's brambles, asphalt, flowers and an obvious touch of funk on the nose. On the palate it's not quite as complex, mostly bright brambles and plums. Body is definitely on the leaner side and finishes a little hot but it's not distracting. This is a rather good take on CdP with a lot of the characteristics one would expect and would be a really fun bottle to throw into a blind tasting. That being said, it's definitely on the more Burgundian side of the spectrum and will never be mistaken for the great producers of CdP and...if we're being honest here...one can spend $10-$15 more and drink a really good CdP soooooo, maybe not the greatest value when you think of it that way. Currently, this wine performs best with 30 minutes of air and drinks well for about 2 hours before decline. Drink now.

Oct 7th, 2017
Michael Chelus

Raspberry, cherry, rhubarb, currant, loamy oak, oak and hints of white pepper. Good structure and moderate tannins.

Raspberry, cherry, rhubarb, currant, loamy oak, oak and hints of white pepper. Good structure and moderate tannins.

Aug 5th, 2017
Randy Fuller

2010 Awesome nose, notes of black olive, tobacco, smoke. Fresh on the palate - dark with great acidity. Begs for food.

2010 Awesome nose, notes of black olive, tobacco, smoke. Fresh on the palate - dark with great acidity. Begs for food.

3 people found it helpfulNov 26th, 2014
Randy Fuller

I love smelling the wines of Randall Grahm. He makes savory walk and talk and jump through hoops. This wine, the 30th anniversary vintage of Cigare, brings it home like it always does. It shows a medium dark color in the glass and on the nose. There is cassis and licorice, but the savory notes carry the load. Black olive is the first smell I get, followed by a bit of tar and a whiff of smoke. Cigar box, leather and bacon fat finish out a complex aroma package. The palate is delicious as always. Grahm says the ‘13 is “less muscular” than the ‘12, but I think there's more to it. This Cigare drinks with the weight and elegance of a Pinot Noir. Black fruit is forward, while more savory aspects of sage and mint come in to join it. The tannins are gentle, the acidity fresh and the finish long.

I love smelling the wines of Randall Grahm. He makes savory walk and talk and jump through hoops. This wine, the 30th anniversary vintage of Cigare, brings it home like it always does. It shows a medium dark color in the glass and on the nose. There is cassis and licorice, but the savory notes carry the load. Black olive is the first smell I get, followed by a bit of tar and a whiff of smoke. Cigar box, leather and bacon fat finish out a complex aroma package. The palate is delicious as always. Grahm says the ‘13 is “less muscular” than the ‘12, but I think there's more to it. This Cigare drinks with the weight and elegance of a Pinot Noir. Black fruit is forward, while more savory aspects of sage and mint come in to join it. The tannins are gentle, the acidity fresh and the finish long.

1 person found it helpfulJun 29th, 2018
Kasey Deering

Kasey had this 3 years ago

Kasey had this 3 years ago

1 person found it helpfulMay 12th, 2015
James Sligh

One of the best wines from my birth year I've ever had, with some of my favorite space aliens. 1987.

One of the best wines from my birth year I've ever had, with some of my favorite space aliens. 1987.

1 person found it helpfulApr 1st, 2015
Bob Wilson

Bob had this 3 years ago

Bob had this 3 years ago

1 person found it helpfulMar 29th, 2015
Beau Carufel

Winemaker/Owner Random Wine Company

9.0

2008. En Demi Muid bottling. In a great place, showing wonderful acidity to balance the notes of bright red and black fruit, garrigue, and peppery spice.

2008. En Demi Muid bottling. In a great place, showing wonderful acidity to balance the notes of bright red and black fruit, garrigue, and peppery spice.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 22nd, 2015
John Junguenet

If I was an alien I'd beam this baby up fo sho. In a good place right now with a long way to go. Big but balanced

If I was an alien I'd beam this baby up fo sho. In a good place right now with a long way to go. Big but balanced

1 person found it helpfulFeb 12th, 2015