A blend of grenache, syrah, and mourvedre with just a soupcon of cinsault makes for a bright and wonderfully gamey wine. The chief red in residence, grenache, derives primarily from their traditional Biodynamic grenache source from Alta Loma Vineyard in Monterey County. This is supplemented with a smidge of estate grenache, adding a discreet spiciness to the attraction. The syrah is principally sourced from Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, which produces the closest analogue found to a Northern Rhine syrah – tannic and meaty in the lower registers; peppery, fruitful, and delicately floral in the top, all the while showing great balance and harmony.
A group of non-irrigated, centenarian Contra Costa vineyards has provided mourvedre for Cigare for many years. Finally, a dollop of cinsault provides a very particular fragrance of flowers and aromatic herb.