2019 Simon Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Sam Simon immigrated to the US at the age of nine along with his family. Sam learned his strong work ethic from his father, becoming an entrepreneur and founding his first business, Atlas Oil. Later he prospered with the development of Simon Group Holdings. Sam’s fascination with Napa Valley Cabernet began at the dinner table when he shared a bottle with colleagues. Along the way, Sam met Maayan Koschitzky who had worked at Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle before becoming the acclaimed director of winemaking for Philippe Melka’s group. This forged a partnership between an Iraqi and Israeli along with the creation of Simon Family Estate.
The fruit for this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from St. Helena, Oakville and Coombsville in Napa Valley. It is aged in 70% new French Oak for 18 months and has a modest production of 289 cases. The dense opaque color of this wine reveals that you are about to encounter a gratifying and surreal experience. The entry is overly plush and creamy with a wealth of brambly blackberries, black plum marmalade, Asian spices and caramelized brown spices. There is a touch of fresh minerality that adds to the overall harmony. This wine has tremendous flavor and intensity that builds to a smooth, pleasurable finish. You can tell that there is a signature Melka influence.
By W Peter Hoyne