Wine Wednesday: SIMI Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2012 ($30)

2012 SIMI Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay -

This Week In White Wine Review: SIMI Reserve Chardonnay 2012 ($30) – Click 2 Buy Wine

“The SIMI Reserve Chardonnay is the Cadillac of Chardonnay.” – Ms. Glover


Wine Ratings & Awards

2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition – Silver Medal

2014 Grape Certified – Silver Medal


Wine Review

The 2012 Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay, which is a light straw or golden color, offers forward fruit flavors with nice hints of minerality that are framed by notes of sweet oak and spice. This white wine represents the best of California Wine Country’s Russian River Valley. The SIMI Reserve Chardonnay is vibrant, fresh and will awaken your palate.

Your sense of smell will be delighted by aromas of orange blossoms, hints of smoke, lemon curd, apple, tangerine, cream, and hints of buttered caramel. This white wine’s flavors include bright fresh fruit like pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, and Granny Smith apple. Nicely spiced on the palate with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, this wine is rich, creamy and full of flavor with structure and a lifted tropical finish.

“It’d be really interesting to do a tasting to see if you could tell the difference between wine made by a man and wine made by a woman.” – Megan Schofield, Winemaker

All of the fruit for this wine went directly to the press in whole clusters to safeguard the pure fruit flavors of the field. We barrel-fermented 100% of this Chardonnay and followed that with secondary malolactic fermentation for 80% of the wine to add richness and creaminess. We then aged the wine for 11 months in 100% Burgundian oak barrels, 35% of which were new and 65% one year old.


Wine Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Wine Grapes: Chardonnay

Style: Full-bodied, Rich, Fruity & Complex

Drinks Like: Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012 ($40), Hanzell Sonoma Valley Chardonnay 2012 ($78)


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Grape Certified Platinum

Escape for a moment, while you take in aromas of orange blossoms, citrus zest, and apricot, fused with toasted elements. Revel in flavors of: pineapple, apricot, peach tart, honey, and lemon zest, intertwined with hints of sweet spice, offering a nice long creamy classic Chardonnay finish. Perfect for an afternoon lunch or Sunday dinner with loved ones. But make sure to purchase a couple of bottles because this wine tends to go fast.

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