1994 Simi "Reserve" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #300787 93 points Wine Spectator

 *Cellar Selection* A brilliant Cabernet from a great vintage, this is ripe, rich and complex, with a distinctive flavor profile of earthy currant, herb, coffee, black cherry and spice. Finishes with ripe, bold, rich tannins and a wonderful aftertaste that keeps pumping out the fruit. (JL)  (11/1998)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Redcurrant, cassis, cocoa powder and iron on the nose, plus a subtle whiff of smoky oak. Sappy and thick in the mouth, with strong, bright flavors of red fruits and bitter chocolate. Powerful yet suave, and long on personality. Has the texture of a St. Emilion. Finishes with fine, even tannins and excellent persistence. (ST)  (11/1998)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Although closed, this wine displays plenty of potential, and may merit an outstanding score with another 12-18 months of bottle age. The saturated ruby/purple color is accompanied by a tight but promising nose of black fruits, damp earth, wood, and spice. Impressive in the mouth for its purity, elegance, and balance, this well-structured, medium-weight Cabernet Sauvignon has plenty going for it, but patience is required. (RP)  (12/1998)

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).