Le Cigare Volant "normale" 2010 (4.4/5)
I don't even understand why the back label refers to Chateauneuf du Pape. Enologically speaking, this wine is light-years away from Chateauneuf.
In the era in which, with the aim of pleasing part of the Wine Critics, the majority of Chateauneuf has gone so big, supple, decadently lush and pretty difficult to match with Mediterranean food, this Californian GSM(CC) blend results (at least to me) an alien to its French counterpart. This Cigar Volant would be banned by Chateauneuf today in the same way the UFO was banned by the city in 1954.
This is really the era in which old-world wines taste like previously-new-world wines, and new-world wines taste like previously-old-world wines. It's the wine Babele, the proper punishment for our decadent vinous costumes :-D
This 2010 Cigare appears med+ ruby purple with good tears. On the nose offers, with med+ intensity, sweet notes of cherries and strawberries from Grenache, hedgerow fruits and black pepper from Syrah, meat and liquorice notes from Mourvedre, fresh violets and hints of fresh herbs like tarragon and mint.
On the palate is dry, med+ acidity, medium tannins, medium alcohol, med+ body, with succulent yet vibrant midpalate showing a pure expression of fruit. Medium+ finish. It's elegant, cool and with good complexity, needs time to fully express itself.
Very good quality. Premium Price. I think it's quite young yet and it has the backbone for keep evolving several years. Blend: 28% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 17% Cinsault, 17% Mourvedre, 16% Carignan,. Vineyard Designations: 27% Bien Nacido, 23% Evangelho, 17% Alta Loma, 16% Bechtold, 9% Gonsalves, 5% Ca’ del Solo, 2% Alamo Creek, 1% Enea. Central Coast, California.