Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Simi Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Simi Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 122078)

PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vintage, the Landslide Vineyard produced a wine that is intensely seductive with an alluring balance of dark fruit to bright fruit. Opaque deep red with a vibrant ruby edge, this wine begins the seduction with sweet black cherry, cassis, plum, and blackberry fruit aromas along with dark roasted coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, and smoky mineral notes. Subtle wafts of violets, hints of mint and celery seed complete the aromatics. On the palate, dark berries, cassis, blackberries, and plums are enriched with roasted coffee accents. The entry is big, full and rich, followed by a focused middle and a youthful finish with a slight grip and dark roasted offering.

This Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with grilled radicchio and Gorgonzola wood fired pizza, cauliflower and winter squash with Bagna Cauda dressing, and cedar-smoked pork spareribs.

Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 1% Tannat

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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.