If I Could Buy Only One – January 7 VINTAGES Release

We asked our writers, “If you could buy only one wine from this release, which one would it be and why?”


Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2020

($19.95, FWM Canada)
John Szabo – There’s a bit of nostalgia and a lot of enjoyment wrapped up in my “only one” this week, Boony Doon’s Le Cigar Volant 2020 red from the Central Coast in California. I remember when this wine sold for more than twice this current price and caused a stir of excitement for Rhône varieties from California with its launch in 1983 by the irreverent philosopher-winemaker Randall Grahm. It was one of the most intriguing California reds I had tasted at that point, and the story behind the wine’s name is utterly memorable, a wink to an ordinance passed by the village council of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 1954 prohibiting the landing of UFOs, or “flying cigars” in the region’s vineyards. “The ordinance has worked well, as there have been no such landings since the adoption of this far-sighted legislation”, reads the back label, fully tongue-in-cheek. Production has increased significantly since Bonny Doon was purchased by a large corporate concern, hence the reduced price, and the style has also lightened up, but it’s still a highly attractive, fully dry, succulent and savoury, spicy, earthy-herbal, also fruity wine, satisfying and complex. Drink or hold it short term – the fun is all upfront. 

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