Santa Barbara…one of my favorite spots on the California coastline. I have loved it for years but it intrigues me now more than ever due to some of the fabulous wine that has been coming out of the region. I just recently had the chance to taste a couple of wines from Santa Barbara based Cimarone Estate Wines. Cimarone Estate Wines produces under two labels…Cimarone and 3CV. They focus on Bordeaux and Rhone varietals and, from what I have had the chance to try, they are doing a pretty good job at it.
3CV Cilla’s Blend is a blend of 69% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 4% Petite Verdot, and 3% Cabernet from the Happy Valley AVA. The wine has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $24. For more information see www.cimarone.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Cilla’s Blend pours a deep, reddish plum in the glass. The spicy nose mingles aromas of plum, blackberry, sage, and anise. The palate is bold and spicy. It’s filled with juicy dark fruit and hints of vanilla and oak. This wine continues to make a statement all the way through the long, earthy finish. Even with its forward personality, Cilla’s Blend still maintains balance. An impressive wine from this relatively young winery. Look for the review of their Sangiovese in the next few days.
My Wine Rating- B+
Food Pairing Suggestions- This wines pairs well with buffalo burgers, pizza, or a grilled sirloin.
*This wine was sent to me as a sample for review