AG Pick Under $20: Simi 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

You don’t need to save up to afford a nice bottle of wine. There are plenty of bottles that are $20 or less. As part of my AG Picks, I’ll be featuring some wines I recommend that are less than $20, some even less than $10.

Today’s AG Pick is Simi’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Simi is one of those wines I keep going back to, no matter what other wines I try. I usually have a spare bottle or two at home, in case I’m in the mood for wine but don’t want to open up a more expensive bottle. It’s a good wine for guests; I’ve served it at several get-togethers and found everyone enjoyed it.

Simi Cabernet Sauvignon is pretty easy to find. Here in Florida you can find it at Publix and wine stores. This bottle cost $16.97 and I’ve seen it costing between $14 and $18.

The wine is a deep ruby red in the glass. It has aromas of dark fruit – blackberries and cassis – with a hint of spice and cedar. The taste is blackberries, black cherries, plum and vanilla with some cocoa on the finish. I’d recommend it with beef dishes and chicken dishes like chicken marsala. It’s still light enough to enjoy with fish. The winemaker recommends serving it with rare tuna and soy based sauces. I plan to make seared tuna tonight for dinner, perhaps I’ll open a bottle!

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