Sunday, September 29, 2013

Anytime Pairing

This pairing took place on a beautiful Fall Sunday afternoon. Because of the weather being so nice, I actually changed my pairing idea. I switched from a heavier, cigar and wine to one that really was perfect for this fantastic afternoon.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon

Dial In Red Wine

The Cigar:
Rocky Patel has a nice selection of cigars in his vintage line, but for me, the Vintage 2003 Cameroon is my favorite.
This cigar boasts a Cameroon wrapper that was aged 8 years before production, giving it an extremely smooth and balance profile. The rest of the cigar is a blend Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos. That help  round out this medium bodied cigar.

The cigar has a very nice nutmeg spice to it and a bit of sweetness on the finish. It smoked very well and this torpedo only needed to be ashed 3 times, showing it's good construction.

The Wine:
When I first tried this red wine by Dialed In I was immediately struck by how simple yet complex this wine was. It is a really nice red that you could drink anytime, with or without food. A California red, that is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Zinfandel grapes. It is really smooth on the pallet and has a nice clean finish. One notable difference with this red wine and a lot of other blended reds is that is is slightly sweet. Perfect for a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

 The Pairing:
I am very happy I chose this day to do my paring. It was the perfect weather for the Rockey Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon cigar and the Dialed In red wine.

The medium bodied cigar really match nicely with this slightly sweet red wine. The slight sweetness really enhanced the almost sweet notes of the cigar. Neither one competed with each other and the balance was perfect.

I really recommend this pairing if you are looking for a casual cigar and wine in the middle of the afternoon or
after dinner. I would not suggest it though,  if you had a heavier. dinner as it would fall flat.

As far as price goes you can get the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon cigars for about $9.00 to $11.00 depending on size. So not really an everyday smoke but definitely one for the weekends.
The Dialed In red is really a value at $15.00 or less a bottle. This is one wine you buy a few bottles and keep it around the house.

I do have a favor to ask my readers, if you have any more information about Dialed In winery, I would love to hear from you. Doing my research for the winery all I could find out was the blend and that it was from California, nothing else.

Thanks for reading and if you have any request for my next posting let me know.

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