Bonny Doon Vineyard

Le Cigare Volant Réserve en Bonbonne Red Rhone Blend

9.1129 ratings
9.134 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Red Rhone Blend
Tomato-Based, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Mushrooms, Onion, Pungent Cheese, Venison, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Pork, Beef
Top Notes For
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

9.4

Don't change the blend!!! This stuff is so good.

Don't change the blend!!! This stuff is so good.

Nov 17th, 2018
Todd Trzaskos

Subtle dusty purple perfume.
Supple, depth of sweet & sour. Quite vital. Chewy skin tannin.
@Esoterica Bonny Doon Vineyard Cigar Volant '08 merci to @Rémy Charest for vintage check reminder.

Subtle dusty purple perfume.
Supple, depth of sweet & sour. Quite vital. Chewy skin tannin.
@Esoterica Bonny Doon Vineyard Cigar Volant '08 merci to @Rémy Charest for vintage check reminder.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2015
Justin Debrosky

Delicious and keeps getting better #boonydoon #randallgraham and the wood box makes it

Delicious and keeps getting better #boonydoon #randallgraham and the wood box makes it

1 person found it helpfulOct 24th, 2014
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

9.2

This wine has a lot of depth and earth. It is lush with great structure. Even though it's not cheap, I still think that there is a lot of value here.

This wine has a lot of depth and earth. It is lush with great structure. Even though it's not cheap, I still think that there is a lot of value here.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 1st, 2014
Justin Debrosky

My favorite Bonny Doon wine! I have 9 more bottles and the boxes! The boxes are awesome but the wines better

My favorite Bonny Doon wine! I have 9 more bottles and the boxes! The boxes are awesome but the wines better

1 person found it helpfulOct 27th, 2013
Beau Carufel

Winemaker/Owner Random Wine Company

This is the Unfiltered bottling. Lordy, it's good.

This is the Unfiltered bottling. Lordy, it's good.

1 person found it helpfulJul 14th, 2013
Randy Fuller

It's a savory wine, the way I like it and the way Randall Grahm usually makes it. Dark and mysterious, it smells of meat and olives and earth, with a little black fruit thrown in just to make it palatable for everybody else. There is, however, a “cleanliness” to it that is often obscured by oak. It's just the same way on the palate, with flavors mimicking the aromas. The finish lingers comfortably and provides plenty of anticipation for the next sip. Meditate on a piece of dark chocolate while sipping this.

It's a savory wine, the way I like it and the way Randall Grahm usually makes it. Dark and mysterious, it smells of meat and olives and earth, with a little black fruit thrown in just to make it palatable for everybody else. There is, however, a “cleanliness” to it that is often obscured by oak. It's just the same way on the palate, with flavors mimicking the aromas. The finish lingers comfortably and provides plenty of anticipation for the next sip. Meditate on a piece of dark chocolate while sipping this.

Dec 30th, 2016
Randy Fuller

Aged in glass carboys, Le Cigare Volant Réserve is as fresh as a just-picked daisy. The nose full of ripe red fruit shows a touch of spice, while the palate seems even more youthful and exuberant. That’s something I might expect in a wine produced just last fall, but this one was made five years ago. Cherries, raspberry and blueberry cover the fruity side, while leather, spice and earth handle the savory lifting. It is an amazing wine, one of my favorites for the four vintages it has been produced

Aged in glass carboys, Le Cigare Volant Réserve is as fresh as a just-picked daisy. The nose full of ripe red fruit shows a touch of spice, while the palate seems even more youthful and exuberant. That’s something I might expect in a wine produced just last fall, but this one was made five years ago. Cherries, raspberry and blueberry cover the fruity side, while leather, spice and earth handle the savory lifting. It is an amazing wine, one of my favorites for the four vintages it has been produced

Apr 23rd, 2016
Rafael Landestoy

Really nice with a nice nose that was old world in style as it should be.

Really nice with a nice nose that was old world in style as it should be.

Feb 9th, 2016
Austin Beeman

Wild and full of brett, but I view that as a feature not a flaw. Dark purple color. Bacon fat and prosciutto on the nose. Rich smooth black cherry and charred bread crust. Sharp framing acidity. Long serious finish. $45 retail.

Wild and full of brett, but I view that as a feature not a flaw. Dark purple color. Bacon fat and prosciutto on the nose. Rich smooth black cherry and charred bread crust. Sharp framing acidity. Long serious finish. $45 retail.

Feb 6th, 2016