I’ve bought this wine many times over the years and always found it to be a tremendous value.  One of those feelings like – “if this were from Napa, it would cost $100.”  So when I popped my lone bottle of this from the wonderful 2004 vintage, I expected pretty good things.  I have to say, it was a bit disappointing. 
The color is a pretty dark purple, no fading at all from core to rim.  The nose varies, but isn’t all that complex with herbs, slight oak, and a certain menthol aroma that I didn’t really care for. 
On the palate the wine is medium bodied, with a moderate amount of extraction to the fruit. It’s monolithic in it’s flavor and the woody tannins are too present. 
Overall, it seems to me this wine is much more oaky than it used to be, and at the price point, $50-$60, it’s easy to go elsewhere.  I acknowledge that some may like a heavily oaked Cabernet, and I don’t mind wood, but this was too much for me.  88 points.

The 2004 Simi Reserve Cabernet
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