Grape Variety: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec & 1% Tannat
Region: Sonoma County
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Vinification: 100% stainless steel; average of 35 days on the skins; 100% malolactic
Ageing/Maturation: 100% oak-aged for 24 months in French oak barrels, 56% new
SIMI Landslide Vineyard Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
This vintage, the Landslide Vineyard produced a wine that is intensely seductive with an alluring balance of dark fruit to bright fruit.
Appearance: Opaque deep red with a vibrant ruby edge.
Aromatics: The nose shows cassis, red plum, and blackberry before opening up to deep tobacco, cedar, vanilla, green peppercorn spice, and smoky mineral notes. Wafts of violets, hints of mint, and celery seed add compelling spicy aromas. Inviting, fresh, and intriguing, this wine will continue to integrate flavors and aromas over time.
Flavors: On the palate, red berries, cassis, blackberry, and plum, structured and elegant with balanced acidity. Fresh red fruit on the entry followed by a focused mid-palate. Toast, cedar, and tobacco frame the fruit and lend structure. Despite its youth and shyness, this wine finishes with firm tannins and bittersweet cocoa. The acid balance makes this wine very food friendly and age worthy.
Two brothers who immigrated to Northern California in the mid-1800s saw promising similarities between Sonoma County and their native Tuscany where wine had been made for centuries. In 1876, they founded SIMI in Healdsburg, California. Today, SIMI claims the honour of having been in continuous operation longer than any other winery in Sonoma County, and they still make wine in the stone cellar built by the Simi brothers in 1890.