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Chateau Souverain Chardonnay Russian River Valley Winemaker's Reserve 2008

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The Chardonnay grapes chosen for this reserve wine were pressed as whole clusters to yield the most delicate juice possible. The juice was then sent directly to French oak barrels (62% new) for fermentation. The wines were topped and then aged on the yeast lees with frequent stirring in the barrels. The rich, forward fruit of Russian River Chardonnay and the tropical fruit character from the 14% Alexander Valley Chardonnay – coupled with 14 months of barrel age and full malolactic fermentation – created multi-layered spicy and toasty complexities as well as the dense, extracted mouthfeel that has become the hallmark of the Souverain Winemaker's Reserve Chardonnay.

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Chateau Souverain:
At Souverain, our goal is to make authentic wines that are the best expression of each varietal and Alexander Valley. We believe our consumers deserve to drink great wine every night, so our wines are exceptional & attainable. Our love affair with producing wines has stretched back over 60 years and during that time our award winning wines have received numerous accolades and praise from the wine press.

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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02/03/2011

Really nicely balanced and structured wine! - Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010



The Chardonnay grapes chosen for this reserve wine were pressed as whole clusters to yield the most delicate juice possible. The juice was then sent directly to French oak barrels (62% new) for fermentation. The wines were topped and then aged on the yeast lees with frequent stirring in the barrels. The rich, forward fruit of Russian River Chardonnay and the tropical fruit character from the 14% Alexander Valley Chardonnay – coupled with 14 months of barrel age and full malolactic fermentation – created multi-layered spicy and toasty complexities as well as the dense, extracted mouthfeel that has become the hallmark of the Souverain Winemaker's Reserve Chardonnay.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.2% pH: 3.39
Sugar: 24.9 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.5 grams per liter

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