Bonny Doon "Le Cigare Volant" Red Blend
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Bonny Doon "Le Cigare Volant" Red Blend - 2021

Item # 34615 750mL

Winemaker Randall Graham made his mark in California by making excellent wines with Rhône varietals. This is his delicious red blend that's accessible, delicious and complex all at once.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


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Randall Grahm, the founder of Bonny Doon Vineyards, started making charming Rhône Valley style blends as early on as the 1980s. A true champion of Rhône varietals, Grahm helped popularize these styles in the Central Coast in the 1980s and 1990s. This Rhône style blend is made up of predominately Grenache (65%), about 18% Syrah, and 15% Cinsault, and 2% Petite Sirah to round it out. With vibrant red cherries and raspberries, and a touch of spice (though very minimal on the oak), this is a refreshing red table wine with good acidity, which makes for great drinking. And a screwcap to boot!

- JW

Glossary

Grenache

The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both characterized by significant percentages of Grenache, while in Tavel and Lirac the grape is used to make...

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California

California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

Carignan

Grown all over Europe and the Americas, Carignan (a.k.a. Carignane, Carignano, and Cariñena) is seldom seen as a 100% varietal wine. Many appellations of Languedoc-Roussillon must include a certain percentage of Carignan, but it is rarely the dominant grape in these blends. For years, this naturally high-yielding grape suffered from overproduction, but New World winemakers have lately taken up the Carignan cause and produced some distinctive and delicious examples. Now that it is subject to...

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Syrah

We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it will produce. Typically, New World Shiraz yields bigger, fruitier wines than the the peppery Syrahs...

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