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Simi Chardonnay 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

The remarkable color of this wine cannot be ignored. It is brilliantly clear straw with shades of gold throughout. The nose is similarly expressive, with bright nectarine, peach, apple, orange blossoms, and delicate spices along with hints of smoky toasted oak. It all comes together on the palate with well-defined, supremely balanced and forward flavors of tangerine, peach, and green apple that are lifted by a warm, toasty oak character best described as sweet vanilla mingled with hazelnut, nutmeg, and smoky bacon. This Chardonnay finishes with a delicate and light floral touch.

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

External Reviews for Simi Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Dry, creamy and crisp, with pleasant citrus, tropical fruit and oak flavors, this Chardonnay shows a lot of upscale character at a price under $20, Easy to find, with 200,000 cases produced.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A simple chardonnay oriented toward orange marmalade sweetness and buttery white cornmeal flavors of lees. Chill it for fish chowder.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A solid performance from a solid performer. Bosc pears and nectarines flesh out a lemon-lime backbone. Finishes well, with lemon and nutmeg nuances. On the lean side, but crisp and clean.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Broad leesiness and toasty oak give this a smoky bacon scent. Itrsquo;s supple and warm, a white to chill for a grilled pork chop.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 1996 Chardonnay Sonoma is a straightforward, pleasant, tropical fruit, apple and pear-flavored wine with some spice, good structure, tart acidity, and a medium-bodied finish. Drink it over the next year.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Ripe and lush, with layers of pear, butter, apricot and peach pit flavors. Well-integrated toasty oak carries through the finish.


External Review
10/24/2011

Dry, creamy and crisp, with pleasant citrus, tropical fruit and oak flavors, this Chardonnay shows a lot of upscale character at a price under $20. Easy to find, with 200,000 cases produced. S.H.


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Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, light yellow straw Aroma: Fresh green apple, nectarine, Meyer lemon and orange zest are laced with notes of vanilla, honey and toasted brioche with a lifted mineral edge. Flavor: Golden delicious apple and tangerine are lightly warmed with subtle notes of cream, butter and smoke finishing with a note of lime zest.

The remarkable color of this wine cannot be ignored. It is brilliantly clear straw with shades of gold throughout. The nose is similarly expressive, with bright nectarine, peach, apple, orange blossoms, and delicate spices along with hints of smoky toasted oak. It all comes together on the palate with well-defined, supremely balanced and forward flavors of tangerine, peach, and green apple that are lifted by a warm, toasty oak character best described as sweet vanilla mingled with hazelnut, nutmeg, and smoky bacon. This Chardonnay finishes with a delicate and light floral touch.

200000 cases produced.

Notes: 26% new oak

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.4 grams per liter

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