SIMI 2018 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is dark garnet in color with a ruby edge. Toasty oak frames and adds depth to fruit aromas of dark bramble and dried blueberry, leading into intriguing notes of exotic spices and roasted coffee. Lifted aromas of juniper and subtle violet add generosity, layers, and aromatic complexity to this wine. Dark fruit dominates the entry with jammy black cherry and dark plum followed by black licorice, cocoa, and toasty oak with a spicy, lifted mid-palate. A bit of peppery cassis leads the finish with some dried herb notes and grippy tannins.
This Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant, juicy, and incredibly food friendly and not a puzzle to pair with. It will bring out the best in grilled portobello mushrooms, steak, short ribs, beef and veggie burgers, and hard cheeses.