As a gift to myself, I decided to join the D.E.W.N. club from Bonny Doon Vineyards. As a member of the Distinctive, Esoteric Wine Network, I’m paying for shipments of four bottles quarterly.
This shipment arrived and last night’s meal was lamb burgers. The recipe I used was a variation I have to rework a touch, too much spice and not enough savory, but the lamb flavor came through in spades so that’s good.
The newsletter goes on to talk about having planted Pinot Meunier and giving it a go after revisiting the idea and memories of tasting a wine from Domaine Chandon (who know a thing or two about wine) made of 100% Pinot Meunier.
Point is, the wine itself has the following statistics:
Varietal: 100% Pinot Meunier
Vineyard: Yont Mill
Now the juice.
A quick swirl in the glass gave me bright cherry flavors. The taste itself was more or less like sour cherry, with some candied fruit on the palate. Light tobacco and a hint of charred oak made me fairly happy. The finish was medium, more light-medium than anything.
According to their newsletter, the wine is drinkable now, but could benefit from 6-8 years of ageing.
I’ve been on a bourbon/scotch kick since restarting this blog but one of my earliest loves was cognac. The pure taste of something from a specialized region of France speaks to a part of me that is, essentially snobbish.
Eh, I digress. It’s cognac. The trouble that spirit has gotten me into…
I saw a bottle for about $21 and change at the local package store near me (Hal’s Beer and Wine) and thought I’d give it a try. It was, after all, a VSOP. Usually those go for a lot more if you want one of the top houses like Hennessey or Remy Martin
This cognac starts off with lots of oak on the nose. Deep amber color in the glass. A lot more oak than expected. But there was a ton of wood, very faint floral notes and a hint of vanilla on the back end of this medium bodied cognac.
Much like most of what I’m drinking in liquor presently, it could benefit from a whiskey rock or two, opening up more of the flavor but it’s late and I only needed a sip or two before bed.
Another PROPIO release that came out not too long ago, this cigar’s blend I’m not sure of but I might have notes in my email – which I’ll add later. The first bit though, is the dark wrapper that’s a little toothy. Has a few veins but otherwise is smooth. In sticking with the classic old school PROPIO bands of black, red and silver, the cigar is an excellent addition to the PROPIO line up and one for smokers who prefer more old school tastes.
The cigar, like all ACC cigars is triple capped and rolled entubado, to get more leaves into the blend and allow for deeper customization of said blend. A pre-light draw reveals fresh stone fruit and that familiar raisin, but something else too, that’s almost like mulled wine.
When I toasted the foot of the Diamanté, bright gray semi-spicy smoke emitted from the foot. The taste on this cigar is pretty straight forward. What I’ve been noticing as mulled wine exists, but also those rich stone fruit notes. It’s got a darker, riper, different sort of richness than other PROPIO cigars, and rounds out the portfolio nicely.
Only information I can get you to a website would be ACC’s site.
Outside of that, I’ve had a lot of cigars during the winter months that fit my palate, and kind of induce a holiday feeling, because you’d think more of those mulled wine flavors, and harvest, and picking up a cigar with a richness such as the Diamante has just reinforces not just quality, but the time spent on a product that delivers an experience you can remember for a long time. Trust me.
I arrived a little early to scope things out and see what deals were going on. Loving the V and Melanio as a rule, I couldn’t wait to try the master blend I was gifted.
Starting off with a spicy Nub Habano, the flavors are medium and the spice light on the 460. I was stoked to try these when they came out years ago and they are still good now.
There was a large crowd and, a lot of sportsball going on. I ended up following the Nub Habano up with the Melanio V churchill, because the flavors melded well together with the beer I had that night.
This is a fun review, because I did it in three parts in a video! This is another release from ACC Cigars – you remember my interviews with Max Myers.
And Part III:
This honestly is, as much as I hate to betray my beloved Platinum (he already got me to betray it with the Tres Maduro haha) at LEAST up there as a favorite of mine.
A cigar this flavorful, this complex manages to stand out among the crowd. I did the original video reviews back in 2012 and have had a chance to revisit the blend. It’s hard to describe, even funny if you follow my career as a romance author, because I have no words. It’s truly an amazing cigar.
For other reviews:
Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum
Island Jim cigar – pre light draw – raisins, dark fruit, maybe plums?
Shag floor, Maduro cap already cut. Really intense leather notes mixed with Maduro sweetness start the cigar off. Grassy, almost intense hay.
Potent leather notes pick up still on the first third.
Mint? Consistent all the way through.
That’s how George Rodrigo, head Amigo at Rodrigo cigars greets his customers. And I’ve gotta say, I’m glad to be an amigo here.