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2012 Bonny Donn US Red Blend "Le Cigare Volant"

Winery: Bonny Donn

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Le Cigare Volant"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 39% Mourvedre, 33% Grenache, 26% Syrah & 2% Cinsault

Region: Central Coast

State or country: CA

Price: $45

Cases produced: 4,000

KWG Score: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: June 16, 2017

Wine Review: I had a chance to meet up with Randall Grahm and cover this wine at this year's Boston Wine Expo. This interesting blend of Rhone red grapes is dark red colored and opens with an oak and black cherry bouquet with a hint of black raspberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and approachable. The flavor profile is a tasty mild plum with notes of minerality and gentle strawberry. I also detected hints of oak in the background. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are nicely prolonged. This wine would pair well with veal medallions smothered with sautéed mushrooms and shallots. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: A worthy successor to the ’11, though perhaps slightly less muscular, but conversely, incrementally more elegant. We have gotten particularly adept in allowing for the expression of a wonderful savoriness in Cigare, and a pretty nice mastery of tannins. A beautiful wine-dark, mulberry color, and a first nose of dark, cool loamy earth with suggestions of raspberries, Damson plums and cherry/chocolate. On the palate, it is sleek and racy with a lively acidity, very soft tannins and great persistence. This is a wine from an extremely cool and elegant vintage, and by all experience, should be a great prospect for very long ageing and development.

Organic status: not organic

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