Simi Winery has been producing wines in Sonoma County since 1876, and continuously making wine in the same stone cellar in Healdsburg since 1890. It was founded by Giuseppe and Pietro Simi after they left Tuscany in search of gold in California. Over the past 139 years Simi continued to produce fine wines, first under Giuseppe and Pietro and then after 1904 by Giuseppe’s daughter Isabel. It was one of the few wineries in California that survived Prohibition and they kept 500,000 cases in their cellar ready to be sold as soon as Prohibition was repealed. Today Simi has several vineyards in Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley, each with a unique terroir that provides distinguished wines depicting those regions.
This winery has a long history of women winemakers. In 1973 Maryann Graf, the first woman to graduate from an American university with a degree in oenology, took over winemaking at Simi. By 1979 Zelma Long, one of California’s most prominent winemakers, became the winemaker and modernized the winery. Their team of winemakers includes Susan Lueker as the Director of Winemaking and Lisa Evich, winemaker. Tom Gore manages their vineyards.
The 2014 SIMI Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc is a tasty blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes primarily from Alexander Valley, but with additional fruit from Dry Creek Valley and Knight’s Valley to add tropical fruit and nectarine flavors and cooler Russian River Valley fruit to provide grapefruit, lime and mineral qualities. Small amounts of Viognier and Semillon were included to bring in additional richness. This wine was aged in 100% Stainless Steel to produce a wine that is classic Sauvignon Blanc, clean and lively with aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lime zest, lemon and tropical fruit. This bright vibrant wine has a long finish with lingering notes of citrus, stone fruit and minerality. The price is $15.
The 2013 SIMI Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay uses fruit from the SIMI Goldfields Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Additional fruit from neighboring Dutton family vineyards and Tilbury Vineyard were included as well. This wine shows off what you expect from a fine Russian River Valley Chardonnay with a light golden color plus aromas and flavors of green apple, stone fruit and tropical fruits. The spices of nutmeg and vanilla add to the complexity of the wine. The excellent acidity and mouthfeel lead to a long finish where lemon and tropical fruits shine. The price is $30.
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