If you are a fan of Santa Barbara County wines, you should really add Cimarone Wines to your list of wineries to explore. Cimarone’s vineyards are located in the Happy Canyon AVA of Santa Barbara and the winery is run by husband and wife team Roger and Priscilla Higgins. With the help of winemaker Andrew Murray, they produce small lot, crowd-pleasing wines. Over the past week, I sampled the newly released Cimarone 2012 Gran Premio Sangiovese and Cimarone 2012 Cabernet Franc. Each New World style wine is well-made and full of flavor.
Cimarone 2012 Cabernet Franc
Cimarone’s Cabernet Franc is pleasantly aromatic with notes of ripe, red berries, cassis, violets, and hints of oak. The palate is super smooth and features tastes of plums, green bell peppers, red berries, and spice. Balanced and incredibly enjoyable! (13.8% alcohol, $29.99)
Cimarone 2012 Gran Premio Sangiovese
This wine opens with aromas of ripe fruit, earth, and cinnamon. Decadent flavors of plum, red berries, and cinnamon are surrounded by more nuanced notes of earth and vanilla. Hearty enough to pair with roasted meats, this wine will most definitely improve with a little more time in the bottle! (14.5% alcohol, $29.99)
Last week I wrote about a Cilla’s Blend, a wine from 3CV, which is part of the Cimarone Estate Wines family. I also had the chance to try their 2007 Cimarone Gran Premio Sangiovese. The Cimarone line represents the best wine grown on their Three Creek Vineyard estate. After a few sips, I was blown away by this silky Sangiovese.
About the Wine- From the Winery
Cimarone 2007 Gran Premio Sangiovese is 100% Sangiovese from the Happy Valley AVA in Santa Barbara. It has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $40. Only 925 bottles were produced. For more information see www.Cimarone.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Cimarone’s Sangiovese has a bright, fruit forward nose. It is packed with cherries, blackberries, and a hint of vanilla. The rich palate explodes with currants and cherries surrounded by earthy undertones. A dry, spicy finale makes for a perfect ending to your sip. This is an excellent showing from Cimarone…an approachable Sangiovese that begs you to have another glass.
My Wine Rating- A-
Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this wine with a meat lasagna, a burger topped with mozzarella, or a veal chop.