I’ve been holding on to this bottle of 2011 Cigarzin since, well, 2011.  Compared to the 2009, as a wine, I prefer to 2009.  This is still a great wine though and paired with the right cigar, look out!  It’s a contender when pairing wine and cigars!

Perdomo Patriarch Connecticut

The Perdomo Patriarch was to honour Nicholas Perdomo Sr, by his son and current president of Tabacalera Perdomo, Nick Perdomo Jr.  Creating this cigars took over three years to perfect and the time and effort paid off in stick Nicholas Perdomo would be proud of.

Each vitola is a traditional Cuban style.  For this pair I smoked the Corona Extra, with the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.  The first thing you observe is the beautiful, creamy, silky wrapper which has delicate, muted veins. The dry-draw delivers a hit of pepper on the lips and back of the throat, followed by an oily nuttiness. An easy draw delivers mouthfuls of creamy smoke.  Lots of pepper in throat throughout the first inch.  The smoke is earthy and creamy, with a slight minerality to the smoke.

Cigarzin 2011

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 8.12.10 PMHand harvested at peak season to ensure quality and flavor, the fruit for Cigar Zin was sorted then fermented for 7 days. We prepared the wine in French (50%) and American (50%) oak barrels for 11 months.

Blend: 90% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah

Soft and delicate.   Smoky, dark fruit,

The Pair

Back to the cigar – wood and almond chocolate.

The smokiness of the wine makes it work for cigars.  But stick to a connecticut wrapper.  Some notes for the wine include black pepper which probably helped tame the cigar’s spice (which I think went away a bit on its own anyways.)

Great combo.  The end.