Wine Review: Lawsons Ridge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Another wine from South Eastern Australia with body and structure! This cabernet possesses an old world style with firm tannins, thick leathery mouthfeel and a chewiness not commonly found in new world wines. It opens up slightly with a little more fruit after an hour or so.

Pair this with a steak or rustic Italian pasta dish with a red sauce and you can’t go wrong!

I will admit I’ve been looking for more old world style wines and Grocery Outlet is starting to carry more of them. The wine buyer there is Stefano Turrini, formerly of Veloce (Now Dimmi) Liquor Di Milano. The man has a passion for providing customers with quality wines. I met him way back when La Salle Cigars was still open in Montclair, Oakland. I did a review of Dimmi and have one bottle left but I’ll have to hunt for it!

Red Wine Review: McGuigan Black Label Shiraz 2006

Ruby red in color with softer fruits and less pepper than I like yet this is a solid wine to pair with steaks and lamb burgers. There is enough structure in the wine for it to hold up for another year at most. A light medium finish closed off this wine from South Eastern Australia.

Wine retails for about $15 but we picked it up at Grocery Outlet.

For the lamb burgers I simply mixed sea salt, black pepper, oregano and chili powder into the meat, cooked until ddsired and served on rosemary rolls with potatoes.

Cigar and Wine Review – Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum

Don Cervantes MasterPiece Platinum on Ash

We recently did an interview with Max Myers of ACC Holdings, the owner that produces Don Cervantes Cigars. This brand is making a debut in the US on the West coast sometime in November, starting with the Bay Area (lucky me!) and if you have the opportunity, make sure to pick up a few sticks.

First off, let’s set the scene. I met Max at The Occidental in San Francisco hoping to get a quiet spot for an interview for Pure Indulgence. That sort of happened. Thank goddess for a quality mic. Anyway, I ordered the Chateau Souverain 2009 Merlot.

First off, the wine.

This Merlot starts off with fruit with just enough tannins though I prefer more. It’s a light bodied yet easy drinking merlot that reminded me of velvety smooth refinement perfect for the cigars which I were about to smoke. With a medium finish, the wine is clearly a winner.

It gets better.

I lit up the Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum, a maduro wrapped cigar that has been fermented for almost a year and aged another 7-10 years (depending on variety of breed within the cigar) before rolling. The proper care of the tobacco makes a huge difference in all aspects of the cigar and it’s blatantly evident in the Masterpiece Platinum. Upon lighting the cigar, I noticed instantly pleasant aromas of tobacco and spice that welcomed themselves without being overly aggressive. The En Tubado bunching method of rolling cigars makes for an impressive picture but more importantly, a tight ash that holds well enough together that the cigar can literally stand on ash. I’ve only done this with the NUB cigars as they’re short and stout. A tight white ash compliments the look by holding onto the cigar for at least an inch if not more.

Flavor profile on the first third developed into a little more complexity as the cigar burned. It had an easy draw compared to the Tres Maduro (review to follow) also by Don Cervantes. The cigar paired beautifully with the Chateau Souverain such that the flavors of both the cigar and wine melded together to enhance my experience and enjoyment of both.

During the last third of the cigar, hints of pure cinnamon appeared, adding a delightful taste to the deepening chocolate and cocoa taste of this cigar.

Over the course of the next few weeks we’ll be discussing more wines and returning to Don Cervantes cigars to discuss their cigars. I hope to have pictures soon and when the interview with Max Myers goes up on Radio Dentata you’ll be the first to know!

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Coming Up on Pure Indulgence and this blog!

ACC Holdings owner Max Myers talked to us about Don Cervantes Premium cigars. So look out for an upcoming review of the following:

Don Cervantes Tres Maduros
Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum – This is a present favorite fyi!
Don Cervantes Masterpiece Gold

Also we’ll cover Chateau Souverain 2009 Merlot, talk about Occidental Cigar Bar and more. So tune in later this week!