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2011 Bonny Donn US Red Blend "Le Cigare Volant Reserve"

Winery: Bonny Donn

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Le Cigare Volant Reserve"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 37% Mourvedre, 34% Grenache, 20% Syrah & 9% Cinsault

Region: Central Coast

State or country: CA

Price: $60

Cases produced: 966

KWG Score: 90.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: December 7, 2015

Wine Review: This ruby colored red blend opens with an oak and black cherry bouquet with a hint of strawberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and very approachable. The flavor profile is a smoky oak influenced red plum with notes of minerality. I also detected hints of mild red raspberry and blueberry. The finish is dry and its dusty tannins and fruit flavors are nicely prolonged. This wine is very food friendly and would pair with many meals. I would choose Bon Appetit's ultimate bolognese sauce served over pappardelle. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Beautiful, deep violet robe, not quite saturated color, but nary a trace of rust. First nose is peppermint, cherries, and of course deep, loamy earth—almost the scent of decaying leaves. What I’ve loved best about the Cigare Réserve wines is their texture—utterly seamless and sleek, and secondarily, their quality of umami, no doubt a function of the glutamate released from the autolysis of yeast cells during the élevage. The wine has a very satisfying richness, an aura of confident power and authority, but it is in noway overbearing.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Bonny Doon 2011 Le Cigare Volant Reserve.

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