I had collected a few bottles of Campo Viejo Rioja 2009 and really enjoyed them.  I put off collecting more of them because I thought the shop near me had plenty left. When I finally returned I saw the 2009s were gone and the 2010s were in! I stocked up and began looking for the right pair.

About Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2010

The beautiful Campo Viejo winery was built in 2001 in Logroño, in the north of Spain.  You must check out the pictures of their gorgeous 45,000 square foot facility which combines the highest modern standards with the deep traditions of Rioja wineries.

Their Rioja is mainly Tempranillo with some Graciano and Mazuelo.  The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats, maceration lasts for 20 days before the wine is aged for 18 months in American and French-oak casks.

The result is a well-balanced drink that is not overly intense, but certainly not light.  Dark ruby in the glass with notes of dark cherries and tobacco!  This is a great drink for pairing.

About Davidoff Primeros

 

I paired this drink with the Davidoff Primeros, Dominican naturals.  Don’t be deceived about this cigar.  Despite being a smaller, quicker smoke, it is still made of the highest quality tobacco leaves.  In fact, it uses the same leaves that fill the Davidoff No. 2.

This relatively mild 4 1/8″ x 34 is an excellent compliment to a wine and takes about 15 minutes to enjoy.  The taste is of black tea, pistachio and a pleasant minerality. The cigar is smooth and balanced with a light espresso finish appearing in the second third.

The pair

Returning to the drink after a puff, that tobacco note becomes even clearer.  The finish on the wine lengthens with undertones of dark chocolate being introduced.  Perhaps it’s the dark cherry mingling with delicate smoke that reminds me of smoking a pipe.  Returning to the cigar after a drink, it becomes richer and rounder with some hints of leather appearing.

This is a beautiful after dinner treat that wont eat the whole night away.  It’s a great pair for entertaining the casual cigar smoker or more experienced aficionado.  A really enjoyable short little pair.  Do it!  And let us know what you think!

– David