Pair this racey red with a bloomsdale spinach salad in a sherry vinaigrette garnished with carpaccio of tuna or beef. Speaking of beef, a rare steak in any number of variations (tri-tip, hanger, New York, filet) would be quite delish. But more exotic fare such as chicken tikka masala or Tandoori lamb chops will also work wonderfully well. While the zesty ‘06 is excellent right now, aging it for 2-3 more years would be all to the good.
(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.
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 2002 Vintage) Rating: 81/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/05.
Wine Enthusiast(From 2003 Vintage)