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Bonny Doon Vineyard "Le Cigare Volant - Cuvee Oumuamua" Red Blend 2018 (Central Coast, California) - [WE 93] [AG 91]
Bonny Doon Vineyard "Le Cigare Volant - CuvEe Oumuamua" Red Blend 2018 (Central Coast, California) - [WE 93] [AG 91]

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Winery: Bonny Doon Vineyard
Varietal: 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 13% Syrah
Region: Central Coast, California
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750 ml


Press / Wine Critic's Reviews
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Notes from the Winemaker:
2018 was a wonderful cool vintage, providing us grapes with great natural acidity and real vibrancy of flavor. The color is a deep, vivid violet-red, owing in part to the lower pH of the wine. On the nose, the wine has a haunting kirsch nose (I suspect that’s the Cinsault), along with associated small red fruit (red and black currant) and perhaps a suggestion of blackberry. My colleague, Nicole Walsh and I toil away at the Cigare blend every year, and while the blend will change (sometimes radically, as it has this year), we share an idea of the Platonic form of Cigare, and the ‘17 certainly embodies that form. It goes something like this: Juiciness, fruit (but not confected or overripe), brightness, exuberance, joy, and not least, a sense of savoriness. I realize I’m not speaking orthodox wine parlance. We look above all for balance and for liveliness, for vinous qi. This wine is still incredibly young and just wants to jump out of its shoes.

Varietal Blend: 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 13% Syrah
Appellation: Monterey County
Vineyards: 48% Alta Loma, 35% Loma Del Rio, 6% Mesa Verde, 6% Zayante, 4% Rancho Solo 1% Lieff
Cellaring: Drinkable upon release (6/19) with ageability of 7-10 years
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
TA :6 .1 g /L
pH: 3.62
Production: 11,500 cases

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Randall Grahm's ever-evolving ideology shifted again for the new label and blend of this bottling, which includes 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault and 13% Syrah. Aromas of plum, cracked pepper, crumpled carnations and dried mint lead into a bright, refreshing palate of hibiscus, anise and a curry-like spice. Matt Kettmann" - (12/1/2019)

91 Points - Vinous:
"Deep, shimmering red. Displays lively red berry, cherry and floral qualities on the nose, along with building suggestions of exotic spices and succulent herbs. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering fresh raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that slowly turn sweeter with air. Shows sharp delineation and spicy cut on the impressively long, silky finish, which emphatically repeats the red fruit and floral notes. This vintage marks a sharp and intentional change of direction and style for this iconic wine as winemaker/owner Randall Grahm wants it to exhibit more finesse than it has in the past." Josh Raynolds - (Nov 2019)

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