Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: ** $$ Simi Merlot, Sonoma County, California, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I rated the Simi Sonoma County Merlot from 2004 a rather pale two stars at four years of age.  We're back today for a retry, sampling the 2005 with eight years of age.

Original tasting and review : This is Simi Merlot, Sonoma County, California, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Full deep magenta, opaque from about three-quarters of an inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cool cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows very bright, plumy aromatics, almost medicinal in quality.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, aromatic and tangy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact suggesting a wine that has sat in the cellar for too long (at eight years).  Touches of oxidation show as hints of broccoli.  Interestingly, the tannic grip and acids still seem to be present.  But the combination of tannins, acids and vegetable would not lure me back.  With two Simi merlot vintages bringing the same verdict, I'm afraid I cannot recommend this Simi varietal.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Simi Merlot Sonoma.

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