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Simi Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1997

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Simi's Chardonnay is charactized in every vintage by this silky texture and well balanced concentration of fruit and oak that follow through for a long, smooth finish. It has special citrus and apple notes in the aroma, and a fruit delicacy enhanced by the subtle vanilla nuances of oak. At the winery, the fruit was quickly pressed off its skins, then 48% of the juice was barrel fermented in French oak and 52% stainless steel fermented. After a secondary malolactic fermentation, the wine was barrel aged for almost 7 months. Regular stirring on the lies helped to integrate fruit and oak for a creamy, silky texture.

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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 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.

    SOU34960_1997 Item# 7693