A colleague recently asked me if I could recommend a California Cabernet Sauvignon for less than $20. I paused and then immediately said Simi Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. As this was the Cab that started my wine journey some 20 years ago.
Since it’s been a while since I last had it, I decided to try the 2014 Simi Cabernet Sauvignon tonight to make sure it was still worthy of my suggestion.
The wine sports a clear dark purple appearance in the glass and shows light pepper and fruit aromas on the nose. This medium body effort is ready to drink as it’s dusty tannins are balanced evenly with tart juicy berries, clove and peppercorns on a short to medium finish.
Now to be clear this is not a wine that you will pull out and share with your wine loving friends, but if you are looking for a moderately interesting everyday Cabernet to drink with dinner, one can do much worse than this.
Especially when you consider that this bottle cost me just under $17.