If you buy this 100% Cab, don’t even think of drinking it now. Put it in the cellar and be patient. It has the soft tannins and herbal quality of a fine Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, but it’s just not ready to drink now. Give it until 2012, at least, to let the cherries, cocoa and red currants transmogrify to sweet mellowness.
This is sort of a second wine of the respected veteran winemaker, Nick Goldschmidt, who bottles his more expensive brand under his last name. But there’s nothing second-rate about the wine. It’s classic Alexander Valley, soft and a little herbal, and rich in cherry, red currant, licorice, sweet vanilla oak and peppery spice flavors. Lovely now, and with the…
From longtime Simi winemaker Nick Goldschmidt, now with Allied Domecq, the wine he really wants to make. It is ripe and rich, with flavors of blackcurrants and cassis, and the velvety soft tannins the appellation is famous for. This is a wine to watch, especially in a better vintage like 2001.
This has been a very successful second label from Goldschmidt, and with this 2009, they again hit gold. The wine is smoothly tannic and dry in black cherry- pie and red currant flavors, with all kinds of interesting herb, carob bean, spice and oak complications. It’s elegant and complex to drink now and over the next 5–6 years.
Fresh grapefruit and passion fruit form the center of this refreshing, zingy, full-bodied yet elegant Sauvignon Blanc. The finish is bright and lemony with just a hint of grassines for added complexity. A knockout from Simi winemaker Nick Goldschmidt, who returned to his native country to make this wine.
Strong in primary fruit now. Overwhelms with the ripest blackberries, cherries and red currants, with lots of toasty oak, and a hint of herbs. The tannins are dusty and soft. Fine if you like your Cabs young, but should benefit from 3–5 years in the cellar.
This starts off herbal and green, with hints of nettles, but those elements settle down, ending up as a welcome, complex accent to the ripe nectarine fruit. Drink up over the next few months.