Wine review: Inspiration Vineyards 2012 Dry Creek Zinfandel

Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, operated by John and Barbara Philips.  Grapes come from an eastern facing Hillside Vineyard just outside Healdsburg, CA.

My retarded ass got audio, but I didn’t get any video or photos, so you’re going to have to resort to stock photos for now.  The pairing for this meal was actually buffalo steak with Cajun spice.

My preferences in Zins tend toward big, fruity powerhouse styles with meat laced pizza (no cheese!)

But right from the start, the nose is nice spice and pepper.  Berry notes, along with an unidentifiable green substance, not sure what that is.  But it’s present in the old world wines I tend to enjoy.

Taste – a really relaxed Zinfandel.  Sweet cherry on the palate followed by a medium dry finish coating the mouth deliciously.  Hints of terroir, with more balance than expected out of California wines as of late.

This was a stellar wine pick that I grabbed at Underground Cellar.  You should check them out.  I don’t get paid to endorse them, though hopefully that’s going to be a thing some day.  Oh, I can dream…

Luxury Cigar Reviews: Propio Veneno by ACC Cigars

From ACC Official:  PROPIO cigars are the most innovative

Unique Acrylic and Aluminium tubes with an air-tight glass seal

cigars in the market today. Using aged and carefully fermented tobacco leaves, ACC has spent years creating  new blends and flavors including wild grown tobacco from the rain forests of Ecuador and Peruvian Pelo de Oro. The result is something new and exciting giving cigar smokers a totally new experience.

What I noted in the unique smell of the PROPIO line was that it was replicated ‘almost’ as if the owner had given Jonathan Drew something to aspire to in his Undercrown and Liga blends, due to the very similar sweet room notes.  While Liga Privada is sought after and hard to come by, nothing can compare to the extravagance of PROPIO.  Plus, they were both developed for different clientele so..

PROPIO VENENO

I mentioned PROPIO in an earlier review when talking about the Leon, a personal favorite of mine.

The PROPIO cigar brand was developed with a fast pace, modern look and feel, included in both the revolutionary acrylic and  aluminium tube packaging for the PROPIO cigars, but even their accessories showcase uniqueness among their peers.

The VENENO or Venom, is no different.  A blend all its own, it stands out from the Leon by having more spice, power.  Designed to imitate (and surpass) Cuban blends, the VENENO features a rich Habano leaf, and Santa Lucia, a leaf indigenous to the tribes of Ecuador.  On it’s own, Santa Lucia is a powerhouse and cannot be smoked but if paired with the Ecuadoran Habano leaf, one not only gets the power, but finesse created by skillful blending.

PROPIO Leon by ACC Cigars
Cigar Travel humidor by ACC Cigars from the PROPIO line- Ferrari Red

More of a fuller body cigar than the Leon, the VENENO draws and burns well, is smooth.  Pepper comes across, along with hints of cinnamon.  A medium to full finish complete the cigar, complimented with plenty of spice, and a pleasant, sweet smell when burned, the PROPIO VENENO is literally every cigar smokers dream.  Uncomplicated, inventive, luxurious.