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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2005
Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2005
(search item no. 91857)
The Wine News rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $13.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep ruby in color, this concentrated Alexander Valley Merlot offers classic aromas of ripe black plum, blueberry and currant. The core of vibrant fruit balances nicely with the soft, round tannins creating a lush and juicy mouthfeel. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, which come from aging in oak barrels, meld nicely with the rich fruit and lead to a long, velvety finish.

"Intense aromas of plum, leather and oak. Rich, creamy flavors of black cherry and blackberry. Chewy tannins and impressions of black cherry and mocha in the lingering close."
-Wine News

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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.