Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Sonoma County
Vinification: Predominantly barrel fermented; 30% malolactic fermentation
Ageing/Maturation: 85% aged for 8 months in a combination of French and American oak barrles, 30% new (20% French, 10% American) while the remaining 15% aged in stainless steel
Cellar Potential: 2-5 years
Sweetness: 2.1 g/L
SIMI Sonoma County Chardonnay 2016
The hue of this wine is brilliantly clear, golden straw with glimmers of golden light - a colour that dramatically sets the stage for what is to come. The nose is similarly demonstrative, with expressive tropical notes of mango, delicate pear, and bright stone fruit. Lifted aromatics of citrus, lightly spiced with toasty oak and hints of buttery cream add a savoury character. It all comes together on the palate with well-defined, fresh, forward flavours of nectarine, peach and lemon lifted by a lightly toasted and warm oak character. The oak incorporates sweet vanilla, hazel nut, nutmeg and smoky bacon characteristics, balanced with a delicate zesty, lemony finish.
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.