Another fantastic experience Brandon and I enjoyed in Santa Barbara wine country over the weekend was our stop into Cimarone’s new tasting room in Los Olivos. I have long been a fan of Cimarone and 3CV (Cimarone’s under $20 label) wines and was excited to hear that they scored a nice space for their tasting room.
Brandon and I arrived and were very impressed with the decor and architecture of building. With beautiful, rustic wood and warm features throughout, it is the kind of place you want to hang out in for a while. The fun wine selection on the tasting menu is pretty enticing as well! ($10 tasting fee)
The tasting menu takes you on a delicious journey through Cimarone and 3CV wines. Stephanie was our tasting room host and she was friendly and attentive. There were definitely a few standouts on the list (and not one wine that I disliked). One wine I really enjoyed was a new release from 3CV…the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. This is the first wine from their new winemaker, Andrew Murray (you may have heard of him!), and it is really outstanding. Aged in stainless steel, full of citrus, and totally refreshing ($15.99). Another wine I loved was the Cimarone 2008 Le Clos Secret ($39.99). It is a bright, Bordeaux blend full of berries and spice.
So, if you happen to be in Santa Barbara wine country, definitely stop into Cimarone for a tasting. It is one of the best tasting rooms I have visited in Los Olivos. A great atmosphere and even better wine!