(2009 Vintage) Medium straw in color with an alluring golden edge, offers forward fruit with minerality that is lifted and framed by sweet oak notes and spice. On the nose, look for toasted brioche, honey, smoky notes, lemon curd, grilled pineapple, lychee fruit, green apple, pear, apricot, and a subtle perfume of honey and orange blossom. Flavors lead with a focused entry of vibrant fresh fruit: green apple, peach, and pear with a structured finish of zesty citrus and juicy pineapple—all of which are tied together with mineral notes.
Wine & SpiritsThis shares a family resemblance to Simirsquo;s 2003 Sonoma County Chardonnay, both finishing with a white cornmeal flavor of toasted lees (perhaps from a higher proportion of lots fermented with native yeasts). In the reserve, you get substantially more elegance, and a gentle delivery of finely ripened fruit. It tastes of white peach, golden delicious apple and camomile, the fruit integrated into the oak, lasting along with that leesy tone. Zelma Long set the standard for Simi Reserve in the eighties and nineties, now taking impressive new directions under winemaker Nick Goldschmidt.