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Simi Merlot 2003

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WINEMAKER'S NOTES Simi Winery Merlot expresses the perfect combination of our vine-specific vineyard care and the meticulous attention paid to the details in the vineyard. The lavish attention each vine receives allows Simi’s winemaking staff to practice winemaking with very minimal manipulation, resulting in wines that are true expressions of the diversity of Sonoma County. Sonoma County’s cool mornings and warm afternoons combined with unique characteristics of soil, slope and sunshine make Simi Winery Merlot elegant and balanced with pleasing hints of clove, cocoa and violets. THE WINE Appearance: Dark garnet Aroma: Bright notes of cherry, cranberry and blackberry accented with aromas of clove, cocoa and violets. Taste and Texture: Upfront red berry fruit leads to a medium bodied wine with elegance and balance. WINEMAKING DETAILS Winemaker: Steve Reeder Varietal composition: 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Aging: 12 months in French and American oak, 23% new Total acidity: 6.0 g/l pH: 3.67 Alcohol: 13.5% Release Date: August 2005 Cases Produced: 28,221

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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: InWineTruth
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3.50 5
10/29/2010

Rich, deep black-ruby hue, aromas of black stone fruits and fruitcake, flavor notes of black cherries, black plums, baking spice and sweet wood that carry to a long, graceful finish.

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black stone fruits

Snooth User: amatthews
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0.00 5
02/07/2008

Excellent wine....very nice and mild with most any foods. No bitter after taste. Lovely wine!


Snooth User: davidpitkin
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4.00 5
02/03/2008

Four glasses



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WINEMAKER'S NOTES Simi Winery Merlot expresses the perfect combination of our vine-specific vineyard care and the meticulous attention paid to the details in the vineyard. The lavish attention each vine receives allows Simi’s winemaking staff to practice winemaking with very minimal manipulation, resulting in wines that are true expressions of the diversity of Sonoma County. Sonoma County’s cool mornings and warm afternoons combined with unique characteristics of soil, slope and sunshine make Simi Winery Merlot elegant and balanced with pleasing hints of clove, cocoa and violets. THE WINE Appearance: Dark garnet Aroma: Bright notes of cherry, cranberry and blackberry accented with aromas of clove, cocoa and violets. Taste and Texture: Upfront red berry fruit leads to a medium bodied wine with elegance and balance. WINEMAKING DETAILS Winemaker: Steve Reeder Varietal composition: 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Aging: 12 months in French and American oak, 23% new Total acidity: 6.0 g/l pH: 3.67 Alcohol: 13.5% Release Date: August 2005 Cases Produced: 28,221

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