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Date Printed: 12/29/2014
Souverain Sonoma County Chardonnay 2001
Souverain Sonoma County Chardonnay 2001
(search item no. 53612)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant light yellow-straw color with an open aroma reminiscent of fresh nectarine and spicy apple pie - classic varietal characteristics for Chardonnay from cool climate growing areas. Barrel fermentation in French oak coupled with full malolactic conversion has yielded a multi-faceted wine, adding aromas and flavors of fresh toast, cream and honey to the primary fruit. Modest acidity and medium-full body help drive an overall impression of richness in the lingering finish.

"High-toned fruit and toasty oak aromatics are enticing, matched by ripe, rich, complex layers of fig, apricot, ripe pear and creamy, toasty, marshmallow-scented oak. Dink now through 2005."
-Wine Spectator

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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.