Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 18580)

PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Simi has made rich, powerful Cabernets from the Alexander Valley since the early 1900s. Our own estate vineyards provide most of the fruit, which is harvested with fully ripe, soft grape tannins. The ripe tannins contribute to a forward, fruit-filled wine that can be enjoyed while young without sacrificing ageability. Fermented in stainless steel, with secondary malolactic fermentation, the wine ages in French oak barrels for twelve months and is aged in the bottle for another 18 months before its release. A classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine is packed with ripe, black fruit flavors and hints of chocolate, cedar and mint.
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About Simi:

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 Alexander Valley vineyards possess some of the most diverse soils of any wine-growing region. Years of geologic activity – from an ancient mudflow to the meandering Russian River and Mayacama Creek – has created numerous distinct soil types and a range of microclimates. Here they grow the red Bordeaux varietals for their Reserve Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for their Sendal.

Their Russian River Goldfields vineyard is planted to field selections chosen from the oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards in California. The combination of diverse clones and the cool, Russian River Valley climate produce Simi’s distinct Reserve Chardonnay.

Simi's winemakers focus on site-specific winemaking and use the most modern advances in vineyard management, fermentation and blending to best express the personality and flavors of each vineyard site.