Simi Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2007
|Sonoma County, USA|
Natalie's Score: 91/100
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Product #: 200881
Wine Type: White Wine
Sweetness: Medium Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Agent: Constellation Brands Inc.
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Simi Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2007 Wine Review
Rich, round and generous with lapping layers of pleasure. Aromas of green apple and toasted almond. Yum! 4.6/5 Chardonnay food pairings: mushroom risotto, crab cakes, roast chicket, bouillabaisse.
This Simi Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2007 was reviewed November 6, 2010 by Natalie MacLean
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The 2007 harvest got off to an early start before slowing slightly due to cool fall
temperatures. Even growing conditions soon prevailed, however, allowing for steady
ripening before finishing in late October to vintner accolades.
To achieve perfect ripeness with full fruit flavor and balanced acidity, our grapes are
picked in the cool early morning hours. Grapes are gently handled and whole cluster
pressed to preserve true varietal character, then transferred to barrels for fermentation.
All lots undergo malolactic fermentation and are carefully monitored and
frequently tasted until the desired flavor and textural balance is achieved. Aged in
54% new French oak barrels from our favorite Burgundian coopers for up to 12
months before bottling, the wine ages in bottle for an additional six months before it
is released and ready for enjoyment.
Our 2007 Chardonnay is brilliant golden-straw in color with intriguing notes of
spiced apple and rum raisin on the nose. This wine has pleasant weight on the palate
and delivers an intricate balance of tropical fruit flavors and distinctive mineral notes,
reflecting the diverse selection of fruit within the Russian River Valley. The rich
acidity of this Chardonnay lends itself to pairings with Mushroom Risotto, Crab
Cakes, Roast Chicken, and Bouillabaisse.
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