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Sherry-Lehmann USD 19.95 750ml

Simi Chardonnay Sonoma County 2017

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"This offers great value for the quality, a mix of salty brine, stone and caramel apple that delves into more voluptuous dabs of pineapple. Light-bodied and food-friendly, it shows focused acidity and restrained oak." -Wine Enthusiast *(90 Points)*

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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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Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,743
3.00 5
Vintage: 2014 02/27/2017

Good - pineapple, vanilla, green apple with juicy acidity - good daily drinker.


Snooth User: raindance
2001541,943
1.50 5
Vintage: 2014 10/25/2018

Gift from Nabozny's 9/2018. This wine leads me to wonder, how did Chardonnay, back in the day, ever lead the charge away from Thunderbird and Boone's Farm Apple in the 1960's into the booming era of better California varietals? This was not good.


Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,743
3.00 5
Vintage: 2013 05/10/2016

Maybe an 89 here - but then it's just an opinion. Fresh with green apples, vanilin and a touch of nuttiness and citrus around the edges that lead to a slightly vicious, juicy finish. Well done - Paul. 88 points


External Reviews for Simi Chardonnay Sonoma County

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2016 05/09/2018

Vineyards: 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 2016 Sonoma County Chardonnay, with 25% coming from the Russian River Valley, 26% coming from Carneros, 27% coming from Alexander Valley, and 22% 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. Vintage: The 2016 vintage was characterized by a moderate crop level that arrived early, but displayed exceptional quality. A mild winter led to an early bud break. A mild spring followed with very little rain, resulting in small grape clusters. The fruit flavors in the white varietals were highly concentrated. Harvest lasted a little over one month, commencing on August 25 and wrapping up on October 5. Brix at harvest was between 21.7 and 26.4 degrees. FERMENTATION: Predominantly barrel fermented; 60% malolactic fermentation AGING: 100% aged for eight months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 25% new (15% French, 10% American) TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.8 g/L PH: 3.7 ALCOHOL: 13.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 09/20/2017

Vineyards: 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 2015 Sonoma County Chardonnay, with 24% coming from the Russian River Valley, 26% coming from Carneros, 27% 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. Vintage 2015: The 2015 vintage was one of the earliest seasons on record, yet offered exceptional quality. A mild winter caused an early bud break. A cool spring followed, resulting in small, flavorful clusters. Spring rains helped to alleviate some drought issues, but fruit flavors were still highly concentrated in the grapes. Harvest lasted a little over one month, commencing on August 18 and wrapping up on September 25. Brix at harvest was between 21.3 and 24.9 degrees. Winemaker Notes: The hue of this wine is brilliantly clear, golden straw with glimmers of golden light—a color that dramatically sets the stage for what is to come. The nose is similarly demonstrative, with expressive notes of pineapple, white peach, green apple, Meyer lemon, and orange blossom laced with hints of butter, toasty brioche, and smoke. It all comes together on the palate with zesty, fresh flavors of tangerine, lemon curd, stone fruit, white peach, and nectarine framed by sweet toast and vanilla followed with wet-stone minerality and orange peel on the finish. Enjoy this food-friendly Chardonnay with smoked salmon with lemon aioli and toasted brioche; spot prawns sautéed with garlic, lemon, and parsley; or a caprese salad with ripe peach slices, basil, and fresh mozzarella. Fermentation: Predominantly barrel fermented; 45% malolactic fermentation Aging: 100% aged for eight months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 25% new (15% French, 10% American) TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.8g/L pH: 3.59 RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.5g/L ALCOHOL: 13.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2014 02/27/2017

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External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 09/15/2016

VINTAGE 2014: The cool, late-starting growing season of 2014 proved to be a perfect growing season with a later-than-anticipated start date. Temperatures were moderate throughout the season, with cool nights and foggy mornings. This slow, gentle ripening resulted in beautiful, concentrated fruit expression and brilliant minerality. Harvest lasted one month, commencing on August 27 and wrapped up on September 30. The average Brix at harvest was a much-desired 23.3 degrees. WINEMAKER NOTES: The hue of this wine is brilliantly clear, golden straw with glimmers of golden light—a color that dramatically sets the stage for what is to come. The nose is similarly demonstrative, with expressive notes of pineapple, peach, pear, and green apple. Lifted aromatics of citrus, lightly spiced with toasty oak and hints of buttery cream add a savory character. It all comes together on the palate with well-defined, fresh flavors of tangerine, lemon curd, stone fruit, white peach, and nectarine, lifted by a lightly toasted and warm oak character. The oak incorporates sweet vanilla, hazelnut, nutmeg, and smoky bacon characteristics, balanced with a delicate, zesty, lemony finish. Enjoy this food-friendly Chardonnay by serving it with smoked salmon with lemon aioli and toasted brioche; spot prawns sautéed with garlic, lemon, and parsley; or a caprese salad with ripe peach slices, basil, and fresh mozzarella. FERMENTATION: Predominantly barrel fermented; 40% malolactic fermentation AGING: 85% aged for eight months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 25% new (15% French, 10% American) while the remaining 15% aged in stainless steel TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.9g/L RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.5g/L pH: 3.56 ALCOHOL: 13.91%


External Review
Vintage: 2014 12/08/2015

Brilliantly clear, light yellow straw. Vibrant notes of pear, green apple and orange zest, accented by soft hints of cream and toast. Lively on the palate with peach, pear, lemon and pineapple flavors, highlighted with warm spice notes and caramel cream.



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"This offers great value for the quality, a mix of salty brine, stone and caramel apple that delves into more voluptuous dabs of pineapple. Light-bodied and food-friendly, it shows focused acidity and restrained oak." -Wine Enthusiast *(90 Points)*

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