Bonny Doon's 2019 Le Cigare Blanc is crafted from California Central Coast grapes - 46% Grenache Blanc, 34% Vermentino and 20% Clairette Blanche. The fruit came mostly from Arroyo Seco’s Beeswax Vineyard, with a smidge from Creston Ridge Vineyard in Paso Robles. Randall Grahm says the Vermentino really shines through in this beverage, which he describes as "Delicious, refreshing gulp of wine, perfect with seafood and more delicate fish."
Grahm feels lucky to be able to blend in Clairette Blanche in the cuvée for the first time. He says it helps contribute additional length to the wine. Alcohol tips 13.5% abv and it sells for $20. By the way, the label art is from an 1855 edition of "Bordeaux Chateau," with the spaceship courtesy of Jules Verne, circa 1870.
Le Cigare Blanc's nose carries a whole bunch of tropical fruit with a touch of savory coming from the Beeswax Vineyard grapes, no doubt. The acidity here is a ripping affair, so seafood is a must. Lemons burst forth on the palate, with traces of pineapple, grapefruit and mango also showing. The finish is long and and lanky and leaves the memory of Meyer lemon behind.
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