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93 points

Bonny Doon 2009 Le Cigare Volant Reserve Red (Central Coast)

Bloody, barely charred game aromas meet with slightly dusty raspberry and tomato in this unforgettable and unfiltered Bonny Doon experience, a blend of 30% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre and 20% Cinsault. The sanguine sense carries to the palate, but so does a basket of red fruit, from cherry to pomegranate. A…  — M.K.   Published 11/1/2014
93 points

Bonny Doon 2006 Le Pousseur Syrah (Central Coast)

This bottling, which is Randall Grahm’s hommage to the Northern Rhône, has varied over the vintages, but with this 2006, hits the mark as never before. Made with a splash of Grenache, it’s full-bodied, bone dry and compelling in the intricacy of flavors. The blackberries, black cherries, licorice, and raspberries…  — S.H.   Published 8/1/2009
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92 points

Bonny Doon 2010 Le Cigare Volant Reserve Red (Central Coast)

Fresh-flowing blood, dried Italian herbs and cured cuts of meat greet the nose on this annual Bonny Doon treat, a blend of 28% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 17% Cinsault, 17% Mourvèdre and 16% Carignane. The flavors are dominated by purple fruits, trending toward blackberry and blueberry, with violet florals and rustic dust.  — M.K.   Published 11/1/2014
92 points

Bonny Doon 2009 Le Cigare Volant Red (Central Coast)

There’s a bit more fruit—cherry, cranberry—and no dust to this Cigare compared to other Bonny Doon bottlings, but blacker aromas of asphalt and char persist. The blend of 36% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 19% Cinsault delivers strong tannins and flavors of a black-and-blue filet mignon topped with a wild…  — M.K.   Published 11/1/2014
92 points

Bonny Doon 2004 Le Cigare Blanc White (California)

This is the white equivalent to Bonny Doon’s successful red Rhône blend, Cigare Volant. A blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Marsanne, it shows Randall Grahm’s touch in the way the richness has balance and complexity, going well beyond well-ripened peach, melon and spicy apricot fruit. There’s a stony minerality…  — S.H.   Published 6/1/2007
92 points

Bonny Doon NV Framboise Red (California)

The ultimate chocolate liqeur. Winemaker Randall Grahm calls this “an infusion” that’s been boosted with brandied fruit that brings it to 17% alcohol. It’s gooey in raspberry essence finished with a chocolate dust, but a brilliant squeeze of lime adds life and zest.  — S.H.   Published 8/1/2004
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92 points

Bonny Doon 2001 Vin de Glacière Muscat (California)

It’s a blast of apricot chutney sweetened with smoky honey and a sprinkle of vanilla. The texture is glyceriney and creamy. It’s very sweet, but has orange-zesty acidity that keeps it from being cloying.  — S.H.   Published 6/1/2004
91 points

Bonny Doon 2007 Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah (Santa Maria Valley)

With an official alcohol of only 13.5%, this is one of the leanest Syrahs ever to emerge from this famous vineyard. It’s bone dry, zingy in acidity and tannic, and the cherry and berry flavors flirt with earthier notes of tobacco and dried Provençal herbs. Feels narrow gauge at first, but grows in the glass as it…  — S.H.   Published 11/1/2011
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