(From 2011 Vintage) Offers intriguing asphalt, black pepper, boysenberry and a tiny bit of barnyard funk on the nose. It's dark and brooding, with flavors of black pepper, leather and black fruits on the palate, but rather light and lean in texture, with a solid amount of tannic grip." - MK, December 2015
(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)