Simi Merlot Sonoma 2010

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Bright notes of cherry cranberry and blackberry accented with aromas of clove cocoa and violets. Upfront red berry fruit leads to a medium bodied wine with elegance and balance.

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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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External Reviews for Simi Merlot Sonoma

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/19/2013

Deep garnet with a ruby edge, our 2010 Sonoma County Merlot is spicy, elegant, and versatile with layer after luscious layer of red and black fruit playing off of each other. We're happy with the wine's structure and its wonderfully balanced acidity. The nose is a treasure trove of dark baking spices including clove and nutmeg, and it also offers earthy hints of black pepper, cedar, bay laurel, and sweet vanilla notes delightfully framing bright fruit aromas of blackberry, red cherry, and plum. Plum follows through on the palate, along with black cherry and rich blackberry preserves lightly lifted by toast and vanilla notes. This medium-boded wine finishes with soft, yet insistent cocoa tannins. We think you'd enjoy this Merlot with garlic spot prawns and mushroom pizza, cedar-smoked squab with Merlot-grape compote, or roasted salmon with wild risotto cake. - WineryAppellation: Sonoma CountyVarietal Composition:94% Merlot3% Cabernet Sauvignon2% Malbec1% Cabernet Fr...


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

Paacked with plum and black cherry flavors, with exotic spice and vanilla oak elements.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
02/22/2010

Bright notes of cherry, cranberry and blackberry accented with aromas of clove, cocoa and violets. Upfront red berry fruit leads to a medium bodied wine with elegance and balance.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

Deep garnet with a ruby edge, our 2010 Sonoma County Merlot is spicy, elegant, and versatile with layer after luscious layer of red and black fruit playing off of each other. We're happy with the wine's structure and its wonderfully balanced acidity. The nose is a treasure trove of dark baking spices including clove and nutmeg, and it also offers earthy hints of black pepper, cedar, bay laurel, and sweet vanilla notes delightfully framing bright fruit aromas of blackberry, red cherry, and plum. Plum follows through on the palate, along with black cherry and rich blackberry preserves lightly lifted by toast and vanilla notes. This medium-boded wine finishes with soft, yet insistent cocoa tannins. We think you'd enjoy this Merlot with garlic spot prawns and mushroom pizza, cedar-smoked squab with Merlot-grape compote, or roasted salmon with wild risotto cake. - WineryAppellation: Sonoma CountyVarietal Composition:94% Merlot3% Cabernet Sauvignon2% Malbec1% Cabernet FrancFermentation: 100% stainless steelAging: 100% oak aged for 18 months in a combination of small French and American oak barrels; 23% newTotal Acidity: 6.4 g/LpH: 3.53Alcohol: 13.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/17/2014

Deep garnet with a ruby edge, our 2010 Sonoma County Merlot is spicy, elegant, and versatile with layer after luscious layer of red and black fruit playing off of each other. We're happy with the wine's structure and its wonderfully balanced acidity. The nose is a treasure trove of dark baking spices including clove and nutmeg, and it also offers earthy hints of black pepper, cedar, bay laurel, and sweet vanilla notes delightfully framing bright fruit aromas of blackberry, red cherry, and plum. Plum follows through on the palate, along with black cherry and rich blackberry preserves lightly lifted by toast and vanilla notes. This medium-boded wine finishes with soft, yet insistent cocoa tannins. We think you'd enjoy this Merlot with garlic spot prawns and mushroom pizza, cedar-smoked squab with Merlot-grape compote, or roasted salmon with wild risotto cake. - Winery Appellation: Sonoma County Varietal Composition: 94% Merlot 3% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Malbec 1% Cabernet Franc Fermentation: 100% stainless steel Aging: 100% oak aged for 18 months in a combination of small French and American oak barrels; 23% new Total Acidity: 6.4 g/L pH: 3.53 Alcohol: 13.5%



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Bright notes of cherry cranberry and blackberry accented with aromas of clove cocoa and violets. Upfront red berry fruit leads to a medium bodied wine with elegance and balance.

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