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2012 SIMI Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River
Acid
5.8 g/L
pH
3.45
Aging
11 months in 100% French oak barrels: 35% new; 65% one year old
Fermentation
100% barrel fermented; 80% malolactic
Residual Sugar
2.7 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5

2012 SIMI Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay

Light straw with a golden edge, offers forward fruit with minerality, lifted and framed by sweet oak notes and spice. This wine reflects the best of what Russian River Valley fruit can offer: rich, complex wines with depth and agility.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
100% Chardonnay

Our 2012 Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay, light straw with a golden edge, offers forward fruit with minerality, lifted and framed by sweet oak notes and spice. This wine reflects the best of what Russian River Valley fruit can offer: rich, complex wines with depth and agility. Their vibrancy and freshness wake up the palate.

On the nose, look for orange blossoms, sweet toasty notes, and hints of smoke with lemon curd, tart apple, tangerine, cream, and hints of buttery caramel and baking spice. Mineral notes highlight green apple freshness. 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.

Vineyard Notes
100% Russian River Valley (78% from SIMI’s Goldfields Estate Vineyard)

2012 was a great growing season for white varietals in this region. A wet spring with rains stopping just at flowering set up an extended growing season. Daytime temperatures were warm, upwards of 88–90°F on average, while cool nights and foggy mornings allowed for slow, gentle ripening, full-fruit expression, and brilliant minerality on the finish. Hand harvesting the fruit for this wine began on October 3 and finished on October 15. Brix at harvest ranged from a most desirable 23.8 to 25.3 degrees. We’re happy with the results of this growing season: Big fruit flavors with concentration, elegance, and brilliant acidity.

Winemaker Notes
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.
Food Pairing Notes
Our Reserve Chardonnay is stunning when paired with pork loin with roasted apple and vanilla, lobster salad with avocado, and citrus or ricotta agnolotti with brown butter and sage.
Product Reviews
Rebecca Cope's Gravatar
Rebecca Cope
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(Jul 23, 2014 at 7:36 PM)
My husband is a UPS driver in Savannah Ga. And was given a bottle of this wine. I had never been a fan of Chardonnay because it was too sweet. I put it in the frig and forgot about it .about a month later when I was poaching some Samon I opened it for cooking purposes. I tasted it and was amazed !!!! It was so unexpected !! I was prepared off a suckling sweet taste but was presently surprised to experience the best tasting Chardonnay ! Well done ! Thank you

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Mae Ellen Glover
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(Oct 24, 2014 at 2:02 PM)
SIMI Chardonnay Reserved is the Cadillac of Chardonnay. I am a Chardonnay lover. I had been a fan of Simi Chardonnay regular for years. WHEN I tried the Russian River Valley Reserved Chardonnay there was no more to say. This Chardonnay is creamy with a pleasant taste. If any one try it you will agree that this specific wine is creamy and buttery. This is my favorite. Fortunate for me, living in New York I am affiliated with a liquor warehouse that buys this brand when the price is reasonable. Other than that I am forced to buy on line, however the price is costly. Usually, I end up buying the whole stock.

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