Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Top 10 Pairing

It's the weekend of St. Patrick's Day and while a lot of people might do a pairing of a candela cigar and an Irish whisky or a Guinness, being Italian and went another way.

I had the pleasure of meeting the owner and blender of this cigar and once I tried it I added this cigar into my weekly rotation. Then after trying a few different ones, I found what I consider a pairing that ranks in my all-time top 10.

        Leccia Black

       Rosenblum  Cellars  2010 Contra Costa County Zinfandel

The Cigar:
 This cigar is one of the first to come out of Leccia Tobacco. Sam Leccia who previously worked with another premium cigar manufacturer has branched out to create his own Leccia label. And if this is one of his first, I really can't wait for his next cigars. 

This cigar is a five country blend, handmade in the Dominican Republic.
The Leccia Black is a medium to full bodied cigar and really complex. There are notes of dark chocolate and black pepper with a subtle smoky back.

It has a wonderful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a smooth and spicy Nicaraguan Rosado binder. That wrapped a great blend of fillers featuring Nicaraguan & Dominican Ligero  leaves, which are the top priming of the plant and prized for their full body. A Brazilian Mata Fina tobacco grown in the Bahia region of Brazil that is sun-grown and has medium strength, natural sweetness This leaf is normally used as a wrapper but here as a filler. To finish off this five country blend Sam used  American Dark Fire – a typically pipe tobacco.  This aromatic tobacco from Kentucky and Virginia is aged over a gentle fire gaining a rich smoky aroma with great body.

All and all this cigar is suburb with wonderful complexity and a smooth even draw.

The Wine:
 this is one of my favorite Zinfandels. The 2010 Rosenblum Cellars Contra Costa County Zinfandel. It is 100% Zinfandel grape that is barrel aged in a combination of American, French and new oak.

A really robust wine with a mix of dark fruits like plums, some chocolate and a subtle spice. It would go very well with a nice steak dinner, barbeque or even a good pizza. It is an extremely smooth and silky wine.

An interesting thing about this wine is the region of California where the grapes are grown.

The Contra Costa County vineyards have a sandy soil with warm days and cool evenings helping these ancient Zinfandel vines produce a very distinct flavor profile with great depth of character.

This pairing of the Leccia Black and the Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel is defined by depth. 

Both the cigar and the wine have a great depth of character that really complements each other.

The deep bodied Leccia Black really pairs well with the rich flavors of this Zinfandel. This Zinfandel is not overpowered by the cigar but balances perfectly.

Another thing that makes this pairing on my top 10 list is the price.

The robusto size of the cigar is about $9.00 where a bottle of this Rosenblum Zin runs about $25.

Either together or alone, you really can't go wrong with the Leccia Black cigar and the Rosenblum Cellars 2010 Contra Costa County Zinfandel. I highly recommend them.


Smoking with Sam Leccia

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