I love this time of year. New releases from all of my favorite producers mean so many new wines to try. This week, I uncorked the new vintage of Bank from Cimarone’s 3CV line. It turned out to be a really nice wine…easy to sip and full of flavor!
A blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 12% Merlot, and 6% Syrah from the Happy Canyon AVA of Santa Barbara. 14.3% alcohol and retails for $19.99.
Aromas of anise and rich, dark fruit. The palate is full-bodied but not overwhelming. Tastes of anise, tobacco, and ripe, dark fruit are coupled with smooth tannins and hints of earthiness. The finish is spicy and long. I think this is a great showing from Cimarone that really delivers for under $20!
(This was just bottled in February. While it is definitely approachable now, it would benefit from a little more time in the bottle.)