Ok, biases up front, I love Cab sauvs, and Napa make some of my favs. I’ve had this one in my cellar since 2013 and decided to crack it and see how it’s keeping. I have another one in the cellar so wanted to see if I need to move up my deadline for when it ought to be drunk by. And nothing irritates me more than wasting a good bottle of wine by not drinking it soon enough … Onto the tasting, dark in color with lovely vibrat bright cherry nose. This one is leaping out of the glass waiting for me … On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely bold rich cherries to match the nose. It has kept REALLY well and is still holding it’s own. Not a sign that it’s approaching past due. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely firm tannins, nice dryness, a bit of pepper and a hint of oak too. The wine lingers beautifully dancing on the tongue leaving the fruit to make you just sit there and go yummm. And people give you this odd look like they just don’t get it. I would give this wine a solid 90. Not in the LCBO right now but here was the listing from when I bought it. I highly recommend you keep the notes from when you bought it for record keeping purposes. Be sure and sip this without food to start to appreciate the length of the finish. I had the 2012 vintage of this wine, but after how fabulous this one was, it didn’t make the grade. Just goes to show you wines really can vary year to year and the benefits of having a cellar. I wish I’d bought a case.
SIMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009 VINTAGES 25221 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 24.95 Made in: California, USA By: Constellation Brands Inc. Release Date: Aug 31, 2013 Wine, Red Wine 13.5% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Full-bodied & Firm Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend All other wines that match this varietal » Sugar Content: 3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Tasting Note Lovely complexity on the nose with lots of concentrated fruits, cassis, cedar and dark chocolate with some black pepper spice loitering in the background. The feel is quite velvety given the heft and power here. The tannins declare their presence early and loudly but the intense fruit keeps pace until the very end of the long finish. The interplay is wonderful. A superbly balanced and structured wine. (VINTAGES panel, July 2013)