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Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1997

Winemaker's Notes:

For our Reserve Cabernet, we blend the finest lots from our diverse Alexander Valley vineyards to create a wine that is a balance of elegance, power, depth and complexity. The ideal growing season during 1997 allowed the grapes to ripen and develop fully, ensuring soft and integrated tannins and forward, rich fruit. Bright blueberry, blackberry and deep cherry flavors combine with spice and vanilla. The finish is long, rich and supple. Excellent aging potential.

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

Member Reviews for Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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Snooth User: EMark
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3.50 5
10/16/2014

Very much an earthy and oaky nose. On the tongue, it takes a half-second to really taste anything. This wine is, pretty much, bereft of fruit,and I am very OK with that. After those 500 milliseconds pass you realize that this wine has an incredibly soft texture. Then you get the slightest hint of currant but more woody flavors and more earthy flavors. Still some strong tannin with marginal acid. It’s very reasonable to conclude that this wine is on it’s downward slope, but I don’t care. I am going to very much enjoy the rest of this bottle.


Snooth User: alexk00
2609653
2.50 5
09/21/2009

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/21/2012

A rich, beefy, complex style, with a wide range of earthy currant, black cherry, plum, herb, cedar and wild berry fruit. Offers depth and complexity, with a long, concentrated finish... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Simi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml



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For our Reserve Cabernet, we blend the finest lots from our diverse Alexander Valley vineyards to create a wine that is a balance of elegance, power, depth and complexity. The ideal growing season during 1997 allowed the grapes to ripen and develop fully, ensuring soft and integrated tannins and forward, rich fruit. Bright blueberry, blackberry and deep cherry flavors combine with spice and vanilla. The finish is long, rich and supple. Excellent aging potential.

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