Saturday, January 06, 2007

Simi Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2003 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Fragrant nose of lemon, melon, and grapefruit
Medium-weight texture and core of citrus on the palate
Lingering finish, with more citrus and a slightly buttery texture

The word I use to describe this wine is "classy". From beginning to end it is obviously well made. It's oaked, but not overly oaked to the point of taking over the fruit. There is harmony and balance throughout.

I look at this as a "step up" Chardonnay. There's a ton of offerings in the $15-20 range that may or may not be very good. If you occasionally "step up" to the $25 range, you can get a bottle like this. It's worth it once in a while- especially when you're friends treat you to it!

Raise a glass!

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