This fabulously complex wine shows how you can merge power and nuance with the most complex and satisfying results. Cherries, dried herbs, vanilla and toasty oak, with ripe, lush tannins and great balance. Shows an exciting finesse throughout. Hard to exaggerate the quality. A perfect companion at the table.
This classic Alexander Valley wine is soft and gentle throughout, and in this great vintage it packs so much compelling flavor that it merits the high score. The blackcurrant and cassis fruit is huge and sweetly delicious, easily able to handle tons of new oak. Yet the tannins add a textural dimension. There’s a charm and elegance to the wine that belies its…
This bottling has been a star for Simi since its inception, and the ’05 is among their best ever. It shows Alexander Valley’s softness and slight herbaceousness, along with decadently rich red currant, mocha and oak flavors. Classic and elegant now, it should develop bottle complexities for the next six years. This is a good price, especially compared to what’s…
A stunning wine with deep black-cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. There are hints of licorice and chocolate in the center, and the fruit grows more intense. The finish is long and elegant, with layers of flavors.
Just terrific, a gorgeous mouthful of wine that tastes so good, you don’t want to swallow. Defines a feminine approach to Cabernet, filled with elaborate fruit, designer oak and a velvety texture that’s beguiling. Fabulous concentration, a little soft, but that’s splitting hairs.
Super-sweet and utterly delicious. Shows complex waves of apricots, pineapples, honeysuckle, crème brûlée, vanilla and smoky pie crust, in a rich, buttercreamy texture. Irresistible. The residual sugar is an astonishing 24%.
Full and focused, the nose of orange, crème brûlée and vanilla opens to a handsomely balanced palate of lively citrus, Granny Smith apple and vanilla cream flavors. Moderately plump and pleasing, good underlying acidity here keeps it elegant and maintains fine flavor definition. Butterscotch, lemon and spicy oak flavors mingle on the long finish.Top Value.
With its Landslide bottling, Simi brings to the table an important, affordable single-vineyard Cabernet. It typically shows a beautiful balance of sweet, ripe fruit and firm tannins, backed by crisp acidity, and is big enough to handle considerable oak. Young and juicy, it’s delicious now, and should develop through 2012.