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2005 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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2005 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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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($32; 50% grenache, 24% mourvedre, 22% syrah, 3% carignane and 1% cinsault; 13.5% alcohol) Full red. Deep, smoky aromas of raspberry, cherry, tobacco, underbrush and mocha. Sweet and silky, offering open-knit red fruit flavors complicated by suave baking spices and vanilla bean. Finishes with lingering red fruits and spices.

88 Points | Wine Spectator

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Syrah

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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