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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Souverain Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2008
Souverain Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 101393)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $15.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 growing season started off drier than usual with normal rainfall the first two months of the year and then little rain in the spring months. The area experienced a very warm July and August which allowed for fully ripe fruit, but harvest decisions were critical to success. The Chardonnay grapes were picked when they had nicely concentrated varietal flavors and balanced acidity.

This classic Alexander Valley Chardonnay offers vibrant aromas of fresh lemon, yellow apple and white peach. On the palate the wine has a nice viscosity and creamy texture with flavors of lemon, stone fruit, clove and a hint of minerality. The wine has vibrant acidity and a long, lingering finish.

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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.