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2015 SIMI Chardonnay Alexander Valley

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SKU: 80001725-15
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Acid
6.8 g/L
pH
3.59
Residual Sugar
1.5 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The hue of this wine is brilliantly clear, golden straw with glimmers of golden light—a color that dramatically sets the stage for what is to come. The nose is similarly demonstrative, with expressive notes of pineapple, white peach, green apple, Meyer lemon, and orange blossom laced with hints of butter, toasty brioche, and smoke. It all comes together on the palate with zesty, fresh flavors of tangerine, lemon curd, stone fruit, white peach, and nectarine framed by sweet toast and vanilla followed with wet-stone minerality and orange peel on the finish. 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard Notes
Each of Sonoma County’s most prestigious regions for growing Chardonnay offers a remarkably distinct fruit profile. We blended grapes almost evenly from all four of these regions to make our 2015 Sonoma County Chardonnay, with 24% coming from the Russian River Valley, 26% coming from Carneros, 27% coming from Alexander Valley, and 23% coming from Sonoma Coast. Grapes from the Sangiacomo vineyard in Carneros—Sonoma County’s coolest growing region—added brilliant acidity and bright, pure, mouthwatering flavors of green apple, tangerine, and lemon. Fruit from the Goldfields and Stiling vineyards of the Russian River Valley brought richness, elegance, and fruit flavors leaning toward the tropical, such as peach, apricot, and other stone fruits. In the Alexander Valley, where the days are warmer, Chardonnay from Reedy, Clark, and Hoot Owl Creek vineyards contributed full, ripe orchard fruit flavors of Red Delicious apples and pear followed by a generous mouthfeel.
Winemaker Notes
The 2015 vintage was one of the earliest seasons on record, yet offered exceptional quality. A mild winter caused an early bud break. A cool spring followed, resulting in small, flavorful clusters. Spring rains helped to alleviate some drought issues, but fruit flavors were still highly concentrated in the grapes. Harvest lasted a little over one month, commencing on August 18 and wrapping up on September 25. Brix at harvest was between 21.3 and 24.9 degrees.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy this food-friendly Chardonnay with smoked salmon with lemon aioli and toasted brioche; spot prawns sautéed with garlic, lemon, and parsley; or a caprese salad with ripe peach slices, basil, and fresh mozzarella.

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