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2015 SIMI Reserve Chardonnay Russian River Valley

2015 SIMI Reserve Chardonnay Russian River Valley

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SKU: 80027370-15
Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
6.5 g/L
11 months in 100% French oak barrels: 71% new; 22% one year old
100% barrel fermented; 80% malolactic
Residual Sugar
0.9 g/L
Alcohol %
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our 2015 Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay has a beautiful light straw color with a golden edge. The wine opens with exotic sandalwood and cardamom with toasted bread, lemon zest, green apple, nougat, stone fruit, and mineral with savory notes of smoke and lush cream and lovely tropical fruit. The palate is weighty with vanilla, toast, stone fruit, pineapple, citrus, Granny Smith apple, and red delicious apple with hints of nutmeg and smoke. This Reserve is rich with mouthwatering acidity, good structure, and a long finish of sweet tropical fruit and grilled pineapple. It reflects the best of what Russian River Valley fruit can offer: rich, complex wines with depth and agility and a freshness that wakes up the palate. 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard Notes
To make our 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, we turned to our own Goldfields Vineyard in the Russian River Valley—where complexity in fruit structure, aromas, and flavors comes from planting a variety of field selections and clones originating from some of California’s oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards. Sixty percent of the fruit for this wine came from the Goldfields estate. We brought in the rest of the grapes from neighboring Dutton family vineyards, Stiling Vineyards, and Tilbury Vineyard, farmed by the Dutton family, one of the oldest grape-growing families in the Russian River Valley. Vines used to make this Chardonnay are, on average, 27 years old.
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% French oak barrels, 71% of which were new and 22% one year old.
Silver Medal
2018 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

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