Starting off the New Year

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.

What should you drink in the New Year? Wine from Bonny Doon, clearly. I’ve been quite impressed with many of the Bonny Doon wines I’ve tasted over the last year or so and can easily recommend many of them.  In fact, I pulled out this one to start off 2013, the 2008 Le Cigare Volant.  The 2008 has a screw cap closure, clocks in at 14.2% alcohol by volume, and retails for about $38.  The 2008 is a blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 13% Mourvèdre, 7% Cinsault, and 5% Carignane.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) I went to a college where the tradition for freshmen is to run the number of their class year in laps around a giant bonfire on the green. My first thought on tasting/smelling this wine was that it evoked the memory of the smell of that fire for me.

2.) I thought the Syrah really sung in this blend, but the Mourvedre gave it a nice heft and color.

3.) Drink with bacon.

4.) Randall Graham is even cooler in person than online. 🙂 I had the pleasure of listening to him speak at the Wine Blogger Conference in Oregon this year!

On the nose I found black cherry, black plum, campfire, crushed violets, blue fruit, spice, and forest floor.  In the mouth I got black cherry, campfire, blueberry, spice, and forest floor.  Overall I found the fruit to be juicy and tart.



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