“One of California’s first serious Rhone Ranger blends was Bonny Doon’s Le Cigare Volant, a whimsical take-off on Chateauneuf du Pape. A blend of Grenache (45%) with Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Carignan.
Cool earth is the first thing you smell when you open a bottle of the ’08 Cigare Volant, followed by the comforting fragrance of peppermint and raspberry. Tasting the wine, one is struck by its bright acidity and black fruit – mulberry, cassis and black raspberry –coupled with a discreet earthiness (telegraphed, as it were, in the nose). The tannins are gentle, but the wine still possesses a strong upright spine; every element stands in very exquisite balance. Utterly delicious and approachable now –especially brilliant with game, lamb and roasted meats – the wine will undoubtedly repay bottle ageing for many (10-15) years hence.
90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
“Bright ruby. Pungent cherry, blackcurrant and botanical herbs on the nose, with a slow-building floral nuance and a hint of peppery spices. Sappy dark berry flavors show very good intensity and gain spiciness and smokiness with air. Supple tannins gain power on the gently gripping finish, which leaves a note of bitter cherry behind.” – Josh Raynolds
89 points ~ Wine Spectator
“Sleek and engaging, with ripe, supple, polished cherry, currant and dried berry flavors that glide across the palate, ending with gravel and spice box.” – James Laube