Thursday, December 19, 2013

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Simi Zinfandel, Sonoma, California, 2005 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Quite a few zinfandels emanate from Sonoma County in California.  Simi is known for a fruity version.  Here we are sampling one with a few years in the cellar.  If you're a cabernet fan, we also sampled Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon recently.  You can see that review here.

Original tasting and review , January, 2012: This is Simi Zinfandel, Sonoma, California, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol, frankly fairly modest by Sonoma standards.

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

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows a little bit of helium (which will in all probability blow off with some air) and fat, blousy red and purple fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be savory and easy-going.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a full, rich, fruity and bacon-filled fruit, with soft spices coming on behind the red fruit.  The finish is clean, bright and fairly rapid.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for the bright, non-jammy, red-fruit balance. Good value.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Helium gone as expected and the  fat fruit remains on the nose.  Still a spice and fruit-filled palate, with pleasant elements of motor oil.

Updated review, almost two years later, now eight years from vintage date , December, 2013:
 Fat, soft, fruity, lightly oxidized on the nose.  A bit less fresh, and more baked, than two years ago.  The palate is rich, savory and full of fat red and black berries.  Still friendly and fun.  But seems time to drink up now.

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