Bonny Doon 2014 Le Cigare Volant
Very bright, deep ruby color, lots of black fruit, mulberries and cherries on the nose. There is a pronounced minty, almost alpine pepperiness, which is the unmistakable hallmark of Bien Nacido Syrah. In my mind at least, it is this septentrional (north of 45th parallel) character that so tellingly differentiates Cigare Volant from say, meridional Châteauneuf-du-Pape, giving it an unmistakable lift. I flatter myself, but apropos of “coolth,” this wine works a bit like Miles’ music - plenty of space between the notes, allowing the wine to expand and grow in the glass.
Blend: 39% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre, 17% Syrah, 7% Cinsaut, 2% Viognier