Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2005

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The grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from several well known vineyards along hillsides and benchlands t...

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Scent is earthy, with berry and green wood notes. Dry, dark cherry flavor with a powdery finish. Read more

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... Read more

A bit too much bite right out of the bottle, but settled after it breathed a while. Very good with grilled steak. Read more

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User Reviews for Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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Snooth User: GoinGray
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4.00 5
05/11/2010

Scent is earthy, with berry and green wood notes. Dry, dark cherry flavor with a powdery finish.


Snooth User: dddunn
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3.50 5
10/09/2009

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.


Snooth User: Radakor
17596179
3.50 5
05/06/2009

A bit too much bite right out of the bottle, but settled after it breathed a while. Very good with grilled steak.


Snooth User: Wineart
5599340
3.50 5
02/07/2011

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.


Snooth User: Bandee
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4.50 5
09/30/2010

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.


Snooth User: iluvino
4675799
5.00 5
04/29/2010

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 :)


External Reviews for Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

External Review
05/18/2011

The opaque purple-colored 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley reveals a ripe nose of licorice, lead pencil, black currants, and tobacco leaf. Nicely textured, with fine density, bigger, more forceful flavors than the 2000, and more tannic punch in the finish, it should last for 10-15 years.


External Review
09/27/2011

Nice Cabernet flavors in this dry, softly appealing wine. Satisfies with waves of blackberries and black currants, touched with oak.


External Review
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
09/27/2011

Also still in barrel, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate reveals lots of licorice, smoky oak, black currant, cherry, and tobacco leaf characteristics in a deep, medium to full-bodied, supple-textured style with just the right amount of oak showing through. It should be accessible when released, and age for 15 years.


External Review
01/16/2009

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.


External Review
10/16/2009

Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2005 750ml


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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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