The Riboli Family has a singular mission with their San Simeon brand: to make bold and expressive wines, from family planted estate vineyards in Paso Robles and Monterey.  Clearly, they have been successful do that, as Wine Enthusiast Magazine name them “American Winery of the Year” for 2108.  So why not celebrate America’s birthday with these great American wines?   

San Simeon 2016 Chardonnay

Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay

Region: Monterey County, California

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

The nose exudes aromas of apple and pear backed up by notes of toasty brown spice and butterscotch. Flavors of peaches, apples, and pears interweave among elements of toasty oak, clove, and vanilla. Medium-bodied with rich flavors lifted by a lovely acidity, this is a well-made, wonderfully balanced Chardonnay for around $17.

Rating: 90

San Simeon 2016 Viognier

Grape(s): Viognier

Region: Monterey County, California

Price:

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of peaches, apricots, and tropical fruits play among notes of citrus blossoms on the nose. A rich palate offers flavors of peach, apricot, and guava that unfurl into white blossoms and lime peal. With good body and fresh acidity, it’s a wine to open when serving spicy fish tacos.

Rating: 89

San Simeon 2017 Pinot Noir

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Monterey County, California

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Strawberry, plum, and cherry aromas come together with nuances of cola, sage, and all-spice on the nose. The palate opens up with notes of cherries, strawberries, raspberries and moves into expressions of herbs, cola, and brown spice. Plush tannins and a nice acidity make this a Pinot to pair with roast chicken.

Rating: 90

San Simeon 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 95% Cabernet & 5% Petite Verdot

Region: Paso Robles, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

The nose weaves together aromas of blackberries, cassis, and black cherries with undertones of clove, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Upfront, flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, and currant show, with highlights of brown spice, chocolate, and toasty oak following. Supple tannins frame the wine nicely and welcoming fruit makes it quite approachable. Open when serving roast beef.

Rating: 90