In 1876, Giuseppe and Pietro Simi established Simi Winery in San Francisco. 5 years later, they relocated the operation to Alexander Valley because the natural environment reminded them of their home in Tuscany.
Winemaker Steve Reeder produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. Prior to working for Simi, he made wine at Kendall Jackson and Chateau St Jean, where he won many awards for that winery’s flagship blend, the Cinq Cépages.
The 2001 Alexander Valley Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is made with grapes from this notable 170 acre property. The soils are distinctly of volcanic origin from nearby Mount St Helena. This wine is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot. It was aged in French and American oak for 16 months.
The winery’s Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay is made with grapes from Goldfields Vineyard. Simi purchased this property in 1989 and proceeded to replant it with carefully matched rootstocks and clones. The 2002 vintage was aged in 82% new French oak for 11 months. 6,804 cases were produced.