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Bonny Doon Vineyard "Le Cigare Blanc" Beeswax Vineyard 2015 (Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California) - [AG 92] [WS 90]
Bonny Doon Vineyard "Le Cigare Blanc" Beeswax Vineyard 2015 (Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California) - [AG 92] [WS 90]


 
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Winery: Bonny Doon Vineyard
Varietal: 55% Grenache Blanc, 36% Roussanne, 9% Picpoul
Region: Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: BONNYDOONLECIGAREBLANCBEES15-W

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About This Wine:

From what far-flung, telic appellation might be dispatched a White Cigar? Le Cigare Blanc is the white analog of Le Cigare Volant, our flagship, named in honor of the cigare-shaped alien craft banned by decree of the village council of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A blend of 55% Grenache Blanc and 36% Roussanne, 9% Picpoul, this wine is a study in pome fruit—Asian pear and quince, with suggestions of honeydew, lime blossom, and citrus rind. 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.

Tasting Note:
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 ’15 seems texturally a bit richer than the ’14—chalk this up perhaps to the malolactic fermentation; withal, there is an extraordinary length and depth to this wine. Rich and luscious, there is plenty of glycerol and non-trivial extract present; Le Cigare Blanc remains a great vin de gastronomie, pairing well with rich, buttery dishes. This vintage of Cigare Blanc, as with preceding vintages, will continue to improve over the next five years, perhaps much longer.

VITAL STATISTICS
Varietal Blend: 55% Grenache Blanc, 36% Roussanne, 9% Picpoul
Vineyard: Beeswax
Appellation: Central Coast
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
TA: 5.4 g/L
pH: 3.7
Production: 508 cases

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"Brilliant straw. A vibrant mineral-driven bouquet evokes ripe citrus fruits white flowers and ginger along with hints of anise and succulent herbs. Dry and tightly focused on the palate where Meyer lemon and pear nectar flavors show very good clarity and a building mineral note. Closes energetic and impressively long leaving a note of bitter pear skin behind." - Josh Raynolds (Oct 2018)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Offers a smooth, spicy mix of toasted coconut, Meyer lemon, peach cobbler and mango flavors on an appealing, fleshy frame, with a juicy punctuation point. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Picpoul. Drink now. 508 cases made." – MW (Nov 15, 2018)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This blend of 55% Grenache Blanc, 36% Roussanne and 9% Picpoul starts with broad aromas of Asian pear, tinges of Meyer lemon and tangerine rind and a lot of chalkiness. It's tightly wound on the palate and quite reserved in flavors, until a ripe yellow-pear element starts to come through toward the finish." - Matt Kettmann (10/1/2018)


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