Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2004

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 90049
  • red wine
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Winemaker's Notes

Winemaker Ed Killian chose classic winemaking techniques, including pumpovers three times per day to extract and retain maximum flavor density from these high quality grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon was blended in to add depth, complexity and structure to this Merlot, which was aged 12 months in European and American oak barrels – 51% of which was new oak. As has been tradition at Souverain, Killian kept each vineyard lot of Merlot separate through aging to capture special vineyard nuances and quality opportunities when blending.

Deep ruby in color, this concentrated Alexander Valley Merlot offers aromas of ripe black plum and spicy blueberry. The wine has a core of dark fruit, a soft supple mouth-feel and well-integrated tannins. Notes of cardamom and nutmeg, which come from aging in oak barrels, meld nicely with the rich fruit and lead to a long, velvety finish.

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Winemaker Ed Killian has been making wine in California's Alexander Valley for 25 years. he knows the vineyards in the valley inside and out and understands which blocks will give him the fruit he is looking for to create Souverain's signature style. Souverain's 120-year-old estate in the Alexander Valley is the primary source for grapes for the illustrious portfolio of Souverain...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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