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2002 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant California
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About Bonny Doon Vineyard

Iconoclast Randall Grahm made his name as one of the original Rhône Rangers in California. When he purchased land in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the early ‘80s his dream was actually to develop great American Pinot Noir. This feat temporarily eluded him, but what he developed was a knack for lesser-grown, Mediterranean varieties.

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2002 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant California

Producer: Bonny Doon Vineyard
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: California
Region: Other California

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2005

($32; a blend of mourvedre, syrah, grenache, cinsaut and counoise) Medium red. Perfumed nose combines blackberry, raspberry, leather, pepper andorange peel, all lifted by a floral topnote. Medium-bodied, firm and serious, with sweetflavors of strawberry, raspberry, chocolate and pepper. Finishes firm and peppery, with a hint of bitter chocolate. These four food-friendly Bonny Doon reds fromRhone Valleyvarieties show pristine, scented, lively aromas, no doubt due largely to the fact that they are all sealed with screwcaps.

81 Points | Wine Spectator

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About California

It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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