Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2019



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A wonderful red wine that smells like a forest in mid-autumn and brambly berries just off the vine. The palate is very balanced with excellent natural acidity and grippy, juicy fruit. Sip this wine with a slight chill, and you’ll have a new fave.

Why we love it: Full bodied red dream
Drink with: Beef or pasta dishes
Monterey County
Blend Info.
56% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 13% Shiraz/Syrah, 1% Petite Sirah
Alcohol by Vol.
Bottle Vol.
Serving Temp.
Now - 2030


Bonny Doon Vineyard began with the attempt to replicate Burgundy in California, however Randall Grahm realised early on that he would have far more success creating more distinctive and original wines working with Rhône varieties in the Central Coast of California. The warm, Mediterranean climate, creates successful blended wines.

In 1986 Bonny Doon Vineyard released the inaugural vintage (1984) of Le Cigare Volant, an homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and this continues as the winery’s flagship/starship brand.

Since then, Bonny Doon Vineyard has enjoyed a long history of innovation – the first to truly popularize Rhône grapes in California, to successfully work with cryo-extraction for sundry “Vins de Glacière, the first to utilize microbullage in California, the first to popularize screwcaps for premium wines, and, quite significantly, the first to embrace true transparency in labeling with its ingredient labeling initiative.

Bonny Doon Vineyard grew and grew with some incredibly popular brands (Big House, Cardinal Zin and Pacific Rim) until it became the 28th largest winery in the United States. Randall came to the realisation, that he had found that the company had diverged to a great extent from his original intention of producing soulful, distinctive and original wines. With this in mind, he sold off the larger brands (Big House and Cardinal Zin) in 2006 and Pacific Rim in 2010.


San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge rises to greet you at the top of our Central Coast. Over the course of the next 500 kilometers (300 miles), the weather transitions from moody to mild, which makes for excellent diversity in both wine and surf. Grapes here are among the oldest in the state, planted by Franciscan monks as they made their way north on El Camino Real (“the royal road”, now Highway 101) in the late 1700s.

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