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Date Printed: 11/22/2014
Souverain Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Souverain Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 102654)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $17.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

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 our 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.

2006 was a solid vintage in Alexander Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon – a finesse vintage with good density of fruit but softer, more mature tannins. Physiological ripeness happened at slightly lower sugars than in past years, providing a sense of balance that should serve this wine well.

This classic Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers rich, dark fruit aromas that lead to flavors of black cherry, black plum, anise and chocolate. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon creates a wonderful density and concentration to this wine along with well-structured tannins. On the palate, hints of brown baking spice meld with the dark fruit and polished tannins. The finish is long with hints of sweet fruit. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful introduction to Alexander Valley.

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About Souverain:

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 wines. Killian consistently produces outstanding wines that represent the best of Alexander Valley, including an Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the flagship Winemaker's Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.