Origin: United States
- Central Coast
Le Cigare Blanc is the white analog of Le Cigare Volant, our homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The great white Cigare is not unlike the great white whale; rarely seen, difficult to catch, yet its name is legend. It’s a rich, savory wine with greater power and extraction than one typically finds at Bonny Doon.
Pale, slightly lime-green color with great freshness in the honeyed nose—lilac, almond blossom and suggestions of lemon curd. Perhaps even a touch of fennel and spearmint, juxtaposed against a quince/Asian pear background. (These descriptors seem to be the calling cards of the Grenache Blanc/Roussanne admixture, at least from the Beeswax Vineyard.) The ’14 seems texturally a bit lighter on its feet than the ’13; maybe a slightly brighter acidity and not quite as weighty or ponderous on the palate. That said, this wine is not a shrinking violet. It is quite rich and luscious, plenty of glycerol and non-trivial extract; Le Cigare Blanc remains a great vin de gastronomie, pairing well with rich, buttery dishes. The ’14 Cigare Blanc seems destined for long-life and will continue to improve over the next five years, perhaps much longer.
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