Cimarone Estate Cilla's Blend (6)

Cimarone Estate 2010 Cilla’s Blend 6-Pack
$99.99 (Normally $150.00) 33% off List Price
2010 Cilla’s Blend
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pH? RS? Any Mega Red, Purple, or any other Mega color added? % of new oak?

Why is this stated as a 70% syrah and 30% Bordeaux? As opposed to 70% Rhone and 30% Bordeaux or 70% Syrah and all the other varietals spelled out.

What’s hiding behind " Bordeaux"? Usually the varietal info is a plus

The 2009 specs on the website are:
69% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2010 is not on the website.

Good catch, the description under the Specs tab makes reference to Cabernet and Syrah so I was assuming that the 30% was mostly Cab Sauv. Based on Cesare’s post it sounds like it’s mostly the other Cab which is fine by me, I’m a fan, but it seems like a description that can be easily misunderstood.

I was just fawning over a couple of my Cab Sauv/Syrah blend bottles last night, thinking about when I want to pop the corks on a '05 B Cellars Blend 25 and a '09 Justin Cellars Savant.

The Blend 25 is 61/39 Cab/Syrah vs the Savant which is 68/32 Syrah/Cab. I would tend to think that a 70/30 Syrah/Cab Franc blend would be pretty rough around the edges. Are the small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cab Sauv enough to smooth it out?

Anybody willing to part with a bottle or two…or three? I’d like to try this but, after the RPM tour, I should be on a SIWBMO!

Trying to make up my mind and then notice Virginia is not even on the list-decision made!

Not to be confused with the ill-fated Cadillac Cimarron

That is a rarity these days.

I have been in the Cimarone Estate wine club since their first bottling. I have been lucky enough to meet the owners, Roger and Cilla. They are truly great people. My wife and I absolutely love all of their reds, but Cilla’s blend is by far our favorite. Drinkable now. Buy and enjoy!

Can you describe the fermentation a little bit more? I read the description about being “open-top” and would love a few more details. Does wild yeast play a part in fermentation at all, or is that just a wine expression that I am not familiar with (most of them since I am very new to wine).

Open-top peeks my interest as a beer brewer.

Lol, luxury everyone could afford. Even after that failed, they tried the same thing with the Catera. Insanity = doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

This blend sounds nice, but I don’t want to commit to 6 bottles. Anyone in the Sacramento area want to split?

I don’t know exactly why, but this one seems to be calling out to me, so I guess I’ll answer that call. However, if there’s anyone in Denver who would like a bottle or two or three, I’d be willing to share.

If you listen to the Vintner Voicemail, Cilla provides more specific percentages on the blend…(I work for WineDavid)

Like others, I’m interested but not wanting to commit to 6. If anyone in DFW would like to split one, please let me know.

Great folks making great wines out of the Happy Canyon AVA of Santa Barbara County. I believe their winemaker for this vintage was Doug Margerum, owner of Margerum Wines and one of the people responsible for the creation of the AVA, which sits in the Eastern part of the Santa Ynez Valley. It sees a lot more heat over there, making it an ideal spot for Bordeaux varities - as well as site-specific rhone plantings as well.

At a little of $16 per bottle, it really seems like a ‘no brainer’ to give it a shot . . .


Thanks for the h/u, Coach Sil!

So… this blend is actually 56% Syrah, 25% Cab Sauv and “equal parts” Cab Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec. That sounds a bit more refined than a rough and tumble Syrah/Cab Franc blend.

EDIT: I’m good for 1-3 bottles if the usual suspects or anyone else in NE Ohio wants to share.

I’d give three bottles a shot, but six is a stretch. Too bad this wasn’t 3 for $49.99…

can usually tell the popularity of the offering by the post, only 18 at 6 pm LA time, not good.