(From 2008 Vintage) Juicy and precise on entry...offering pliant blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that show a gently sweet character. Cured meat and licorice nuances build on the persistent finish, which features gentle tannins and an echo of sweet dark fruits.
(From 2010 Vintage) Not so dissimilar from our ’09 blend, wherein we have a slightly higher percentage of Syrah as compared to the historical norm; we’ve found that by including compensating levels of Cinsault and Carignane in the blend, we’ve been able to tame the extreme extraversion of the Syrah component. 2010 was a cool vintage that provided an extra aromatic “lift” to the already vivid Cigare nose. Spearmint, cassis and blackberry leaf with even suggestions of cardamom and cocoa in the nose. The palate is doonright Burgundian—lush, creamy, and savory—lots of dark fruit—sloe and Damson plums, bing cherries and açaí (too long in Santa Cruz?) and a bright acidity, with exceptional length.
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Wine Spectator(From 1998 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator(From 1988 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/90
Wine Spectator(From 1986 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/88
Wine Spectator(From 1987 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/89
Wine Spectator(From 1991 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/94