Winery of the Month: Simi Winery
The winery was founded in San Francisco, California in 1876 by two Italian brothers, Giuseppe and Pietro Simi, who had immigrated to the United States during the California Gold Rush. They moved operations to Healdsburg, California in 1881. The winery was run by Giuseppe Simi's daughter, Isabelle Simi, beginning 1904. After marrying a local banker, Isabelle continued to make wine during Prohibition from 1920 until 1933, which she stored in the winery's stone cellars. One of the few California wineries to survive Prohibition, Simi was forced to sell most of its vineyards to survive, but was also one of the few companies to have wine available when sales were again legal.
Aromas of cassis, black plum, and ripe Bing cherry, with a touch of toasty oak. Complex notes of cocoa, cassis, pepper, and cedar. Black fruit dominates the entry followed by plum and black cherry with a spicy, lifted mid-palate. A bit of peppery cassis leads the finish with some roasted coffee notes and supple yet firm tannins. Special $21.99!!
Their Sonoma County Merlot is deep garnet in color with a ruby edge. The nose is a compelling mixture of cherry, blackberry, and red plum with cocoa, clove, and earthy aromas of cedar, bay laurel, and smoky bacon framing the bright fruit. On the palate, bright red fruit, red plum, black cherry, and wild blueberry are framed by light toast and sweet vanilla notes, with a hint of fresh sweet herbs. Spice lends depth and weight. This medium- to full-bodied wine finishes with toasty oak notes. Special $21.99!!
The hue of this wine is brilliantly clear, golden straw—a color that dramatically sets the stage for what is to come. The nose is similarly demonstrative, with expressive notes of tangerine, white peach, green apple, Meyer lemon, and orange blossom laced with hints of butter, cream, vanilla, and flint. It all comes together on the palate with zesty, fresh flavors of tangerine, lemon curd, stone fruit, white peach, and nectarine framed by vanilla followed with wet-stone minerality and orange peel on the finish. Special $15.99
Simi Sauvignon Blanc-
This brilliantly clear, pale-straw-colored Sauvignon Blanc is fresh, bright, and crisp. The wine opens with complex aromas of lime zest, Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit, lemongrass, honeysuckle, and a hint of wet stone. Fresh and forward, zesty flavors of grapefruit and citrus with subtle herbal notes meld beautifully with a vivid acidity. Fresh, full, and vibrant, the finish is long and lingering with lemongrass and mineral. Special $14.99
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