Wednesday, June 23, 2010

SIMI Cabernet Sauvignon Landslide Vineyard 2006

This is a cab full of fantastic potential--7+ years at least, and likely more than 10 if you like your wines more mature. The nose shows plenty of ripe fruit, but it’s still firmly rooted in the terroir: This is what we hope for from great California cabernet sauvignon. There’s a deep minerality--it tends in the direction of slate and warm clay--that frames the nose here, as well as ripe dark berry and currant fruit and a hint of violets. One smell and you can tell that this is serious juice, indeed. On the palate, the structure and aging potential jump out right away, as does the ripe blackberry fruit that follows through from the nose. There’s also tobacco, cedar, a hint of forest floor, something a touch charred, and dark cherries, those last two leaving the impression of some sort of fabulous summertime pastry baking in the kitchen. The blueberry- and mineral-tinged finish, while lovely right now, promises many, many years of pleasure ahead.

(As an aside, after taking my tasting notes I had the chance to enjoy this wine with a grilled hamburger, and it was fantastic--all the proof you need that great wine and comfort food play perfectly well together, just so long as both are well chosen and paired thoughtfully.)


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