Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2021
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|California, Central Coast
In cool years the Grenache is enormously pretty and fragrant. This was the first year of production for the Cinsault and it was thinned multiple times both for enhanced concentration and evenness of ripening. The cooler climate gives the Cinsault a wonderful articulation of flavor, but what is most noteworthy is the fact that we were able to co-ferment the Cinsault with Syrah. Something magical happens with Cinsault and Syrah marry; the healthy tannin titer from the Syrah seems to give more structure to the Cinsault and helps to stabilize color. The spicy licorice component from the Syrah is a perfect foil to the Griotte cherry derived from the Cinsault.