Simi Russian River Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

Item No. 94290
  • white wine
  • WE91
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

The Russian River Valley's cool climate plays a key role in Simi's Burgundian-style Chardonnay. The influence of the Pacific Ocean gives the Russian River Valley an extended, moderate growing season. Perfectly situated within the heart of the Russian River Valley, Simi's Goldfields vineyard is close enough to the coast to receive the benefits of the cool fog and inland enough to ensure the vineyard will get the degree days that Chardonnay grapes require to ripen to perfection.

The 2005 vintage has vibrant aromas of quince, passion fruit and vanilla accented by spicy cardamom and sandalwood, with tropical fruit and lemon curd leading to a full-bodied, lengthy finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Simi winemaker Steve Reeder has produced an utterly delicious wine with this barrel-fermented beauty, the best nonreserve Chard from the winery in nearly 10 years. It shows flamboyant, complex flavors of tropical fruits, green apples, pears, butterscotch and smoky vanilla, with crisp, clean Russian River acidity. This is a good price, and the wine should be easy to find, with nearly 20,000 cases produced. "
91 Points

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In 1876, brothers Giuseppe and Pietro Simi began making wine in San Francisco from Sonoma County grapes and eventually planted vineyards near Healdsburg. Simi's historic stone cellars were built in 1890 and are still used to age the wines. Today, Simi is recognized as a leader in innovation and experimentation with a history of over 125 years of cutting-edge winemaking. Their...

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Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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