Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: **** $$$$ Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is selected from best Alexander Valley lots of the much larger Simi labeling.  We sampled a prior straight labeled Simi cabernet sauvignon from an earlier vintage here and liked it a great deal.  Let's see what the reserve holds.

Original tasting and review : This is Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California, 2005, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep purple magenta, opaque from about a half inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows classic, deep plum and black currant.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, big and tannic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite restrained, with only modest fruit and a first-noted element of puffy, rich tannins.  Black currants and blackberry flavors curl out of your cheeks as the sip matures and releases its structural grasp on your taste buds.  The finish also slowly unfolds to a perky acidic flare, surrounded by slowly releasing drips of fruit.  We will need to try this one with a bit of air time!

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale for its clear structure and classy restraint, with a plus for its definite promise with more age or decant time.

Following three-hour decant:   Sweet and plumy nose.   With the extra time, the palate has migrated to sweet and fragrant red berries.  The tannins still tuck much of the fruit into your cheeks. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: More compelling structured purple nose.  Fluffy red berries are now emerging on the palate, with solid tannins still corseting them in.  Hidden acids tuck the fruit into your cheeks for a long finish.  Moves to four stars and looks interesting even for a bit longer decant.  Even longer decant, another day:  Consistent nose.  Tannins are a bit rougher and tangier now, battling with the fruit.  Even longer decant, now four days from opening:  Nose is yummy, structured purple fruit with some softening hay.  Balanced red berries on the palate with noticeable tannins and solid acids. 

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