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2003 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant (750ml)
Producer: Bonny Doon Vineyard bonnydoonvineyard.com
Appellation: California - United States
Type: red
Varietal: Grenache - Mourvèdre - Syrah - Carignan
Maturity: Drink/Mature
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$40.00
Tasting Notes:
tasted: January 26, 2008 , from a member
89 points "Color: deep; Finish: persistent; The first bottle had this rating: Just about everything I want in a CdP, at a better price. Dense, chewy, with full measure of spice and 'leather'. 91 pts. -- The next few were less interesting, lacking depth, and rated 89."
rated: February 28, 2006 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
84 points "Tasty, with berries, black pepper and cola flavors veering toward the savory and beefy side. Well-balanced and ripe on a medium frame. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. Drink now. 5,700 cases made."
rated: August 1, 2006 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
85 points "Wine Advocate # 166 Aug 2006 - The straightforward 2003 Le Cigare Volant possesses a medium ruby color as well as a light, somewhat diluted perfume of red fruits, pepper, earth, and a hint of Provence. This light-bodied effort tastes more like an $8-10 Cotes du Rhone than a $32 wine. Tel. (831) 425-3625"
rated: November 1, 2007 , Josh Raynolds, IWC
88 points "By Josh Raynolds Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 07 ($32; 35% mourvedre, 32% syrah, 26% grenache and 7% cinsault) Bright red. Mineral-driven red berry and dark cherry aromas are complemented by licorice, espresso and pungent herbs. Firm and youthfully wound-up on entry, with spicy red and dark berry flavors and slow-building tannins. Sweeter on the finish, but also turns more bitter, picking up dark berry prese rve and roasted coffee notes Plenty rich and full-flavored, but a tad warm. 88 points"
rated: November 3, 2007 , Wine Enthusiast winemag.com
90 points