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Simi Alexander Valley Merlot 2005

Member Review by JamesR:

Bright black cherry. A good sipping wine.

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Simi Winery:
A lot of what we do at Simi is based on tradition, enhanced with cutting-edge innovation. Our philosophy has always been to maintain the quality and style that we're recognized for, while at the same time improve our methods for growing grapes and crafting wines to reflect the experience and knowledge we are accumulating and have been throughout the winery's 125-year history. Long ag... Read more
A lot of what we do at Simi is based on tradition, enhanced with cutting-edge innovation. Our philosophy has always been to maintain the quality and style that we're recognized for, while at the same time improve our methods for growing grapes and crafting wines to reflect the experience and knowledge we are accumulating and have been throughout the winery's 125-year history. Long ago we also realized the importance of Alexander Valley and knew that it would be a leading appellation for growing Bordeaux varietals. Today we showcase the region with our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as our vineyard-designated Landslide Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1989 we purchased our Russian River Valley Goldfields Vineyard and planted it to hand-selected original cuttings from some of the best and oldest vineyards in California. This innovative technique gives us the amazing diversity of flavors that has made Simi's Russian River Reserve Chardonnay famous. Simi's unique vineyards are the genesis of our distinct wines. Our warm Alexander Valley Estate Vineyards are planted primarily to red Bordeaux varietals and are the source of Simi's Cabernet Sauvignon. These vineyards encompass nearly 600 acres and possess some of the most diverse soils of any wine-growing region, resulting from eons of geologic activity including a catastrophic landslide which changed the course of the Russian River. Complementing the Alexander Valley Vineyards, Simi's 120-acre Goldfields Vineyard in the Russian River Valley is the backbone of the Simi Chardonnay. Planted with a wide array of clones and field selections, Goldfields Vineyard is one of the most diverse vineyards in the Russian River Valley and all of California. With every taste of Simi wines you'll discover our devotion to tradition that is enhanced by our pursuit of the best vineyards, the best grape-growing methods, and the best winemaking techniques. Tasting Room Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for tasting and sales. Read less
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Member Reviews for Simi Alexander Valley Merlot

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Snooth User: JamesR
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02/06/2009

Bright black cherry. A good sipping wine.


External Reviews for Simi Alexander Valley Merlot

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Dark red. Plum, mocha, tobacco, earth and bell pepper on the nose. Sweet, spicy flavors of redcurrant and tobacco, firmed by a distinctly green edge. Finishes with dusty tannins. Not bad.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Nice and smooth, this Merlot is for early drinking. It's as plump as can be in cherries, cocoa, cola and tobacco, with soft acids and even softer tannins.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Full medium red. Inviting aromas of redcurrant, plum, tobacco, milk chocolate and nutty oak. Juicy, leanish and on the dry side but with good vinosity and shape. Redcurrant and tobacco flavors complicated by hints of toast, nuts and spices. Slightly dry-edged but not hard. Finishes with fairly ripe, fine tannins. Not a particularly fleshy or modern style of Merlot but boasts good intensity.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

From a venerable producer, a fine Merlot. It's soft and gentle in tannins and acids, but that doesn't detract from complex interest. The flavors veer toward black cherries, with a chocolaty edge. Perfect with a T-bone steak.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Simi's 2000 Merlot is marked by good concentration and depth, showing dark notes of mocha, blackberry and anise, and finishing with a refreshing hint of menthol carried along by shapely tannins and moderate acidity.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Elegant and well-structured, with appealing aromas of currant and roasted herbs and lingering flavors of plum, cedar and leather that finish with firm tannins. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Well-balanced, with moderately rich, spicy cherry, herb, anise and cedar notes of modest complexity and depth. Drink now through 2004.


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