Rian Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Shay A

For my profile, I think I like Ponente first, followed by Rian, then Levante. Cimarossa is such an under the radar producer on Howell Mtn. The visit alone is worth a trip out!

If I tried this blind, I think I’d say this is valley floor fruit. I followed this over two days and it showed such ripe, fresh squeezed fruit in my glass…the fruit dominated everything (but don’t think that means it was flabby or too sweet). It didn’t show much Howell Mtn bite on the finish or the dark, rustic profile they normally sport. Dark blueberries and blackberries, black currant, mocha, licorice up front with a core of mixed berry pie. I often get a clay and herbal flair with these wines but not here. Primary. I’d hold another few years.
— 2 months ago

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Soft and Fruity Merlot 2018

From Jenny and Dad for Christmas, drank at home. Well rounded and soft, east to drink with fruity flavours — 2 years ago


Bold & Spicy Mendoza Malbec

Great value - delicious — 3 years ago

Cimarossa Vineyards

A Circolo Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Smooth deep flavors of plum, cherry and chocolate. Great finish. In a class by itself! — 4 years ago

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Riva di Ponente Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels, 35% new, deep Ruby with aromas of dark fruits, spice and sweet notes. On the palate flavors of black cherry, juicy plum and blackberry with licorice, cinnamon, cedar and cacao. Fine integrated tannins, long finish ending with fruit, spice and earthy mineral character. — 3 months ago

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Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Showing some slight sign of age. Ready to drink after a 30 minute decant. Aged blackberry, saddle leather, mushroom. Tannin has softened quite a bit and have started to fall out as there was a ton of sediment on the cork. Some baked fig, roasted quality about it from start to finish. I have one more of these and will probably be opening this up sooner vs later. I am noticing that although these have holding power, the OSh wines (all of thm) and Cimarossa wines made by Capioux (03 and 04 only) don't seem to do as well as the Cimarossa wines made by Mia Klein from 05-present. — 2 years ago

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Bryan Kesting

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@Mark Flesher: I had this same wine a couple months ago and had similar notes.
Laith A

Laith A

I had the 2012 version of this wine about 3 months ago and it seemed to be going in a similar direction.. need to pop open the rest soon!!


Tail Feathers Rogue Valley Viognier Muscat Riesling 2017

Thanksgiving wine number 1. Sick and tired of waiting for people to show, And a great beverage in the glass while decanting the Cimarossa. Tart lemongrass, medium bodied white wine on the nose and start of the palate. Favorite of the group, as this one might have survived about 15 minutes, forcing me to open up the Hattingley a bit earlier than expected. Good acidity on this wine from start to finish. Sharp and crisp. Really enjoying these. — 4 years ago

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Shay A

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You did some work today with the amount of wine opened! And agreed on the Tail good.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

@Shay A I picked out a case, but really only expected to open three or four bottles.... but really was not sure. It was a thirsty group today and everyone was curious for the next and the next Etc! Only 1 novice who I think was really turned on to the world of wine today. He was coming up with some very amazing descriptors. The lightbulb was going off and I think the bug bit!


Rive di Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Shay A

Opened a few bottles for some friends who are getting in to wine.

I’m a big fan of Cimarossa, especially after visiting back in 2018. Stunning property, people and wines.

This is Cimarossa’s blend of all vineyards. Definitely a bit more soft and approachable in its youth, though Cimarossa isn’t a producer that is normally pop and pour. Signature red clay is apparent here, with notes of red and black currant, espresso, and graphite. Gorgeous balance on the palate with sweet herb crusted black cherries, blackberries, cherry liqueur, sandalwood and fine grained tannins on the finish. As expected, this is a beautiful expression of Rian (dark soft fruits), Levante (bright tannic structure) and Ponente (savory soft fruits). I decanted this about 2hrs and it was delicious. Enjoy now.
— 8 months ago

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Vingiancu Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Nothing truly stands out. Well made wine. — 3 years ago

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Love their entire lineup!

TOR Kenward Family Wines

Rock Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

The only Tor Cab made under the “Rock” label, as it was the first non-Single Vineyard Cab produced. Subsequent non-SVD’s went under the Tor label. 95% Cimarossa and 5% Mast. Drinking very well right now with s beautiful Cab profile. — 4 years ago

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