Never say no to free wine — 23 days ago
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. — 7 months ago
This bottle has been open in fridge door for 2 days.
N:Very saline, crystal sea water. old docks, but fresh. Not wet. Some oranges and a wee bit o vanilla.
P: Complex briny salt water. Tide pools,
Chewy but delicate. A powerhouse manzanilla from the west end of the bodega.
Saca of 2019..Day 196, July 15.
— a year ago
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. — a month ago
Perfect warm weather wine. Very fresh and zippy — 2 years ago
Excellent cherry and light chocolate. Smooth tasty — 9 months ago