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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2004
Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2004
(search item no. 90049)

PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points

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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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.