Simi 2014 Reserve Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Posted by Keith Wallace

A barrel-fermented, barrel-aged, full buttery bomb MLF of a Chardonnay. This bottle is largely sourced from the  Goldfields Vineyard in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley; this bottle offers exactly what you’d expect from a luxury-level Cali wine.

This is one of the last vintages made by Megan Schofield, who is now the winemaker at Robert Mondavi. One of the up-and-coming winemakers in Northern Cali, Megan really has a subtle style. I really love how she can reinvent a time-worn classic like chardonnay but still keep true to the “Simi” style.

On the nose, there is rosewater and smoky popcorn. Full-bodied, the wine layers into a confection of lemon curd and pineapple cake. Soon it dries out, with the fresh acidity dries out the wine with fresh pear and toasted allspice—Cedar, vanilla, and caramel on the finish.

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