Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2005
The grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from several well known vineyards along hillsides and benchlands throughout the Alexander Valley, including Souverain's 120-year-old Alexander Valley estate. Vineyards located on an inland expanse of the Russian River benefit from early evening breezes that cool the valley's warm afternoons. The moderated warm climate, as well as the volcanic and alluvial soils of the valley, allows the grapes to ripen evenly and retain their balanced acidity. The 2005 vintage will best be known for its vigor due to an extended growing season brought on by a mild, temperate summer and fall. The Season got off to a rainy start, and May was the wettest in over one hundred years. With a cool start to June, July was summer-like but lacked heat spikes. As a result, the grapes enjoyed extended hang time, allowing the fruit to fully mature delivering ripe, delicious flavors. Harvest was late but very compressed, avoiding late fall rainstorms. As has become tradition, Winemaker Ed Killian keeps each varietal and vineyard lot separate from harvest to barrel to final blend, enabling him to develop a wine that reflects its origin. Once the fruit was picked at full maturity, the fruit was fermented for 10 to 14 days for complete extraction of the dark color and rich flavors. Ed gently pressed each lot, and then racked and aged the wine in oak barrels for 18 months before blending and bottling. The 2005 vintage uses 73 percent French oak together with Hungarian and American oak for added complexity. Ed keeps a close watch on each lot throughout the aging process to help determine which wines will make up the final blend. Rich aromatics of roasted coffee, black and red fruit on the nose lead to flavors of black cherry, black plum and blackberry on the palate. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon creates dark, brooding yet structured tannins along with subtle layers of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and baking spices. This balanced wine offers a well-structured mouthfeel that contributes to a long, toasty oak finish. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful introduction to Alexander Valley.
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Scent is earthy, with berry and green wood notes. Dry, dark cherry flavor with a powdery finish.
Nice full bodied yummy CA Cabernet. I would guess that this one can really handle some cellar time. Tannins were very present and took a while to settle. Chocolate, cardamom and vanilla lingered on the palette. Definitely needs a decanting. I'd buy this one again.
A bit too much bite right out of the bottle, but settled after it breathed a while. Very good with grilled steak.
Excellent. Big taste. Good Finish. Not too dry. Dark fruit, plum and black cherry. Great Value, my friends and I are drinking alot of this.
We love this wine. It's as good if not better than some of the more expensive wines we drink. Our friends love it too.
I really enjoyed this wine, it is one of my favorites. A lot of mocha and chocolate, rich berry and a smooth velvety texture. It did have a long finish but I thought it was yummy so I didn't want it to end :)
Three and a half glasses
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An excellent value, the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with classic aromas of cedar and cassis. A success for the vintage, it possesses medium body, soft tannin, and excellent depth. Enjoy it over the next 5-8 years.
Rich aromatics of roasted coffee black and red fruit on the nose lead to flavors of black cherry black plum and blackberry on the palate. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon creates dark brooding yet structured tannins along with subtle layers of vanilla bittersweet chocolate and baking spices. This balanced wine offers a well-structured mouthfeel that contributes to a long toasty oak finish. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful introduction to Alexander Valley.
Nice Cabernet flavors in this dry, softly appealing wine. Satisfies with waves of blackberries and black currants, touched with oak.
Firm and juicy currant flavors soften into the finish, where the wine turns toward chocolatey tannins. There's a green edge to the fruit, to match grilled lamb chops.
An elegant style, showing tobacco leaf, dried berry and sage notes, with a touch of raspberry cola. Ends with drying, cedary tannins. Drink now through 2016.
A sleeper, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts wonderfully pure cassis fruit, less wood than its siblings, loads of concentration, and a long, heady finish with considerable purity, depth, and length. Drink this beauty during its first 15 years of life.