On of the great things about having a wine cellar is the pleasure and excitement of enjoying a wine in a mature state. Many wines evolve in flavor and texture and become quite elegant after years of cellaring. Bold fruit flavors become more subtle, rough tannins smooth out, secondary characteristics of herbs, flowers, fruit and earth add complexity. We purchased this Simi Cabernet back in 2002 when it made the Wine Spectator Top 100 List. This week we decided to open this bottle after it rested for about 8 years in a cool dark cellar. Wow, aromas of fresh blackberry, plum, cut apples and wet stone. The color is dark ruby with a crimson rim. Still amazingly youthful considering the grapes were harvested over 10 years ago. Medium bodied with firm, tightly focused dark fruit flavors and notes of smoke, herbs and minerals. There is a zesty grip that compliments the exotic flavors. The flavors are balanced by firm acidity and fully integrated tannin giving this wine of extraordinary depth and length. So smooth and elegant it would be hard to guess this as a 1999 Alexander Valley Cabernet. Back in 2002, we purchased this Simi Cabernet for about $20.