Grape Variety: 87% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon & 2% Malbec
Region: Sonoma County
Vinification: 100% stainless steel
Ageing/Maturation: 100% oak aged for 14 months in a combination of small French and American oak barrels; 24% new
Cellar Potential: 5-7 years
Sweetness: 0.5 g/L
SIMI Sonoma County Merlot 2014
Deep garnet with a ruby edge, the Sonoma County Merlot has rich, dark notes of blackberry and plum with cocoa, nutmeg, and earthy hints of cedar and bay laurel. Smoky bacon notes frame bright fruit aromas into a compelling mixture of bright fruit with exotic spice and toast. Red and dark fruits play off each other with layer after luscious layer—both youthful and concentrated.
We’re happy with the wine’s structure and its wonderfully balanced acidity. Plum follows through on the palate, along with black cherry, blackberry, and wild blueberry, lightly lifted by toast and vanilla notes with a hint of fresh green herbs. This medium- to full-bodied Merlot possesses depth and richness, finishing with youthful tannins.
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.