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Simi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Landslide Vineyard Alexander Valley 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Vineyards: Millions of years of geological and seismic upheaval created our Landslide Vineyard, named for a slide so massive it changed the course of the Russian River. The river cut through the land and deposited the minerals, rock, clay, and loam that make up Landslide’s distinctive soil composition. The topography of this 170-acre vineyard, planted exclusively to red Bordeaux varietals, is so varied that we view it and farm it as three distinct blocks: Uplands (provides structure and density, inspiring a huge back-of-the-mouth sensation with high tannins), Midlands (producing powerfully flavorful wines with more weight on the mid-palate and higher tannin levels), and Lowlands (wines produced from these blocks yield riper berry character with softer, more elegant tannin structure). Bud break, flowering, veraison, and harvest occur at different times within each of these sections. The nearby Pacific Ocean exerts its influence by bringing cool fog in the mornings and evenings to temper the warm days. Landslide is a Fish Friendly Certified vineyard. Vintage: 2013 began with a dry spring. Gentle rains stopping just at flowering set up an extended ripening season with moderate daytime temperatures of 80-92°F. Cool nights and foggy mornings made for a slow, gentle ripening. This cooler vintage gave way to wines with strong varietal character, elegance, balance, aging potential, and Old World character. We began picking the fruit for this wine by hand on September 28 and finished on October 17. Our Brix at harvest ranged from 24 to 26.4 degrees. Winemaking: SIMI Landslide Cabernet Sauvignon reflects our dramatic estate vineyard in the Alexander Valley where the fruit for this wine was grown. We blended in 2% Cabernet Franc to add an element of spice and cassis, and 4% Merlot to add softness and suppleness. 8% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Tannat add even more dimension to the aromatics and rich fruit flavors. During fermentation, the developing wine remained on the skins for 31 days to increase extraction and color. We followed this primary fermentation with malolactic fermentation for all of the wine before aging it in small French oak barrels (52% new) for 24 months. Winemaker Notes: This vintage, our Landslide Vineyard produced a wine that is deep red with a vibrant ruby edge. The wine’s aromatics continuously grow, revealing new nuances. Opening with cassis, red plum, black cherry, cocoa, vanilla, baking spice, and toast, hints of sweet herb and floral notes add intrigue. The flavors start fresh with vibrant red berries, cassis, blackberry, and plum. The sweet, toasty oak frames the fruit, lending structure. Youthful, full-bodied, and welcoming, this wine finishes with ripe, supple tannins and bittersweet cocoa. The acid balance makes this a great food wine. Pairings: This Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with Moroccan spiced roasted chicken with cumin-orange carrots, pappardelle with short rib Bolognese, grilled beef filet with potato gratin, or red wine risotto with wild mushrooms and sage. Varietal Composition: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Malbec, 4% Merlot 4% Petit Verdot 2% Cabernet Franc 1% Tannat AGING: 100% oak aged for 24 months in French oak barrels, 52% new TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.6g/L pH: 3.69 RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.5g/L ALCOHOL: 14.5%

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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

External Reviews for Simi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Landslide Vineyard Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/10/2017

Vineyards: Millions of years of geological and seismic upheaval created our Landslide Vineyard, named for a slide so massive it changed the course of the Russian River. The river cut through the land and deposited the minerals, rock, clay, and loam that make up Landslide’s distinctive soil composition. The topography of this 170-acre vineyard, planted exclusively to red Bordeaux varietals, is so varied that we view it and farm it as three distinct blocks: Uplands (provides structure and density, inspiring a huge back-of-the-mouth sensation with high tannins), Midlands (producing powerfully flavorful wines with more weight on the mid-palate and higher tannin levels), and Lowlands (wines produced from these blocks yield riper berry character with softer, more elegant tannin structure). Bud break, flowering, veraison, and harvest occur at different times within each of these sections. The nearby Pacific Ocean exerts its influence by bringing cool fog in the mornings and evenings to temper the warm days. Landslide is a Fish Friendly Certified vineyard. Vintage: 2013 began with a dry spring. Gentle rains stopping just at flowering set up an extended ripening season with moderate daytime temperatures of 80-92°F. Cool nights and foggy mornings made for a slow, gentle ripening. This cooler vintage gave way to wines with strong varietal character, elegance, balance, aging potential, and Old World character. We began picking the fruit for this wine by hand on September 28 and finished on October 17. Our Brix at harvest ranged from 24 to 26.4 degrees. Winemaking: SIMI Landslide Cabernet Sauvignon reflects our dramatic estate vineyard in the Alexander Valley where the fruit for this wine was grown. We blended in 2% Cabernet Franc to add an element of spice and cassis, and 4% Merlot to add softness and suppleness. 8% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Tannat add even more dimension to the aromatics and rich fruit flavors. During fermentation, the developing wine remained on the skins for 31 days to increase extraction and color. We followed this primary fermentation with malolactic fermentation for all of the wine before aging it in small French oak barrels (52% new) for 24 months. Winemaker Notes: This vintage, our Landslide Vineyard produced a wine that is deep red with a vibrant ruby edge. The wine’s aromatics continuously grow, revealing new nuances. Opening with cassis, red plum, black cherry, cocoa, vanilla, baking spice, and toast, hints of sweet herb and floral notes add intrigue. The flavors start fresh with vibrant red berries, cassis, blackberry, and plum. The sweet, toasty oak frames the fruit, lending structure. Youthful, full-bodied, and welcoming, this wine finishes with ripe, supple tannins and bittersweet cocoa. The acid balance makes this a great food wine. Pairings: This Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with Moroccan spiced roasted chicken with cumin-orange carrots, pappardelle with short rib Bolognese, grilled beef filet with potato gratin, or red wine risotto with wild mushrooms and sage. Varietal Composition: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Malbec, 4% Merlot 4% Petit Verdot 2% Cabernet Franc 1% Tannat AGING: 100% oak aged for 24 months in French oak barrels, 52% new TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.6g/L pH: 3.69 RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.5g/L ALCOHOL: 14.5%




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