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Simi Chardonnay Sonoma County
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Wine Details

Vineyard

Simi

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Wine Description

(From 2012 Vintage) Each of Sonoma County's most prestigious regions for growing Chardonnay offers a remarkably distinct fruit profile. We blended grapes almost evenly from all four of these regions to make our Sonoma County Chardonnay, with 27% coming from the Russian River Valley, 26% coming from Carneros, 24% coming from Alexander Valley, and 23% coming from Sonoma Coast. Grapes from the Sangiacomo vineyard in Carneros—Sonoma County's coolest growing region—added brilliant acidity and bright, pure, mouthwatering flavors of green apple, tangerine, and lemon. Fruit from the Goldfields and Stiling vineyards of the Russian River Valley brought richness, elegance, and fruit flavors leaning toward the tropical, such as peach, apricot, and other stone fruits. In the Alexander Valley, where the days are warmer, Chardonnay from Reedy, Clark, and Hoot Owl Creek vineyards contributed full, ripe orchard fruit flavors of Red Delicious apples and pear followed by a generous mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2010 Vintage) Alexander Valley was shaped by dramatic geologic activity-from an ancient landslide that changed the course of the Russian River, to earthquake upheavals that redistributed whole sections of land. The incredible diversity of soil types and microclimates produces wines with velvety textures and bright, luscious flavors. Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the best of Alexander Valley, with the bright fruit character and elegance that made this world-class growing region famous.

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    Citrus, pear, creamy and toasty flavors

    over 5 years
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    smooth, full bodied, buttery

    over 5 years
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    Low acid. good finish.

    about 6 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    It is hard to fault this bottling when it comes to cleanliness and balance, but it is something of a "plain Jane" when it comes to richness and range, and its slightly rounded, smooth-as-can-be manner commends it to quaffing with chicken in the immediate near term.
  • Wine Buyer
    Appearance: Brilliantly clear, light yellow straw Aroma: Vibrant notes of pear, green apple and orange zest, accented by soft hints of cream and toast. Flavor: Lively on the palate with peach, pear, l...
  • Wine Spectator