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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Simi Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Simi Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 98547)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 vintage is the sixth release of this vineyard-designated Cabernet Sauvignon from the Simi winery's Landslide Vineyard in southern Alexander Valley, which was first planted in 1985. The Landslide Vineyard—170 acres divided by forces of nature into three distinct sections and elevations— produces wines that reflect the extraordinary diversity of the vineyard and its dramatic geologic history.

The Landslide Vineyard is comprised of numerous soil types and microclimates created by an ancient volcanic landslide from nearby Mount St. Helena. These soil variations, combined with diverse topography, result in varied bud break, flowering, veraison and harvest times in the vineyard blocks

Deep garnet with red highlights. Intense plum, black cherry and cassis are spiced with caramel and toast. Blackberry and plum flavors are accented with cocoa and spice giving layers of complexity and depth. Full on the palate with ripe tannins which lead to lasting flavor and intensity.

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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.