Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2006

86 points

A Chateauneuf De Pape inspired wine, though this is a medium bodied wine, nicely savoury although Brett seemed to be a bit higher than I would have liked.  It’s a roughly 40, 40 blend of syrah and granache with 10% cinsault and a tiny 1% of mouvedre.  Drink now and over the next couple of years.  Screwcap (nice to see on a US wine).

Retains its wonderful label, see


Penfolds Kalimna Shiraz 2006

88 points

Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14.5%

Consumed in a New York restaurant where it was listed as Syrah 🙂 Lovely classic Penfolds style but more elegant, less dolled up with noticeable added acidity than in past vintages, and the oak handling seems more deft. Lacks the concentration of the more serious wines in the portfolio, but good restaurant drinking now and over the next 6 years.

Huet Le Haut-Lieu moelleux 1993

91 points

Vouvray, Loire. 12%

I’m giving this lower points than I’d expect. It’s certainly a lovely luscious wine. Sweet bit not a dessert wine. Still with fantastic acidity. It’s concentrated almost spirity but with low alcohol.

It’s just that the lovely acidity and gentle sweetness overwhelm. It seems to lack minerality and aged characters.

Lovely elegant despite the concentration but a bit simple.