Natalie MacLean’s Wine of the Week

Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2008

California, United States

This wine is a blend of mostly syrah and grenache grapes, with some cinsault, mourvèdre and carignane grapes. I love the Bordeaux aroma I get first followed by cassis, blackcurrant and smoke, but most of all, fresh earth. Full-bodied and complex.

The name of this wine refers to French vintners In 1954 who were concerned about flying saucers and extraterrestrials. So the town council passed an ordinance banning flying saucers or “Flying Cigars” (Cigare Volant) from landing on the vines and damaging them. Food pairings: barbecued chicken, beef stew, pasta, lamb cutlets, duck, rabbit, beef bourguignon and holiday dinners.

Charming Chicken Wine

Price: $39.95

Score: 91/100

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Dry

Drink: 2013?2019

LCBO: 975847

Natalie MacLean is editor of the largest Ontario wine review site. Follow her on Twitter at @NatalieMacLean