Thursday, January 10, 2008

Review and Rating: ***+ Simi Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, CA

This Simi Winery cabernet is predominantly cabernet sauvignon, with touches of merlot, petit sirah, petit verdot and cabernet franc. It was aged for a year in a combination of French and American oak.

In the glass, the 2004 Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is medium dark transparent red. Aromas are husky, of blackcurrant and licorice.

On the palate, this comes across first as thick and chocolatey, coating the roof of your mouth with fairly silky tannins. Acids then come in, and accompany the reasonably lengthy finish. Three plus stars out of five. (It's funny, the first two sips were definitely 4 stars, but later sips brought too much acid to the front for me.)

This is a quite compelling wine already and I believe it will settle in even better with more time in bottle.

Though fairly popular, the Simi only received 86 points from Wine Enthusiast, which reported, "Soft and polished in cherries, blackberries, cola, tea and oak flavors, this Cab finishes dry. It’s got a good, crunchy bite of tannins to work against a grilled steak or chop."

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