When I think about pairing wines with cigars it's all about the balance. The balance between the two and also the balance the cigar and the wine individually.
So I thought I'd start off my blog series with one of my favorite pairings.
Cigar:Montecristo Classic Toro cigar
Wine:2009 Trinchero Cabernet Sauvignon from the Chicken Ranch Vineyards.
Montecristo Classic Toro
Montecristo is a name synonymous with pure enjoyment.
From the time you pick up this beauty you see the excellent construction and roll.
The cigars we have in the US are the Dominican cousins to the original Cuban, but they live up to the reputation.
Medium bodied, consistent throughout, great burn and a smooth finish, makes this Montecristo one of my favorite cigars to splurge with.
2009 Trinchero Cabernet Sauvignon from the Chicken Ranch Vineyards.
To stand up to a Montecristo cigar I need a robust yet smooth wine and found it in this Cabernet Sauvignon from Trinchero Vineyards.This 2009 vintage was aged 22 months in French Oak. and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The oak is there but not overpowering and compliments the black cherry and rich earthy notes.
What I found most interesting is that it has notes of cigar tobacco in the aroma and I originally thought it would conflict with the Montecristo but instead the compliment was perfect.
Recommendation:I would definitely try this pairing again.
This is not an inexpensive pairing but with excellent an cigar and wine like these you'd expect no less Both the wine and the cigar is definitely worth the price.
The Montecristo Toro runs about $11.00 a piece and the 2009 Trinchero Cabernet Sauvignon runes anywhere from $50 to $60.00.
In fact this wine is so good you can invite that good friend over and have him or her enjoy it with you.
If you try this pairing please let me know your thoughts and if you have other pairings drop me a line so I can try them myself.