Souverain Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
This Cabernet Sauvignon has a plush entry and opens with classic aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, bittersweet chocolate. Hints of floral, roasted coffee and baking spice carry over to the palate and meld with the wild blackberry and cassis flavors for which Alexander Valley is known. Extended aging in superbly coopered new barrels has integrated the fine grained tannins and created layers of cedar, espresso, and tobacco. This well-structured Cabernet has incredible fruit density and balance and will age well over the next 10 years, but has plenty of accessible ripeness to enjoy upon release.
Wine Enthusiast - "Shows a return to the form of Souverain's glory days. Beautiful and complex, with luscious flavors of blackberries, currants and dried herbs, wrapped into soft, smooth tannins. Really classy. Best now and through 2012."
The Wine Advocate - "The finest of the group is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker’s Reserve. Aromas and flavors of espresso roast, sweet toasty oak, black currants, licorice, and spice box are present in this medium-bodied Cabernet. With soft tannins as well as a velvety, savory mouthfeel, it can be drunk now and over the next decade. "
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. View all Souverain Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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- 5 Stars: 2
- 4 Stars: 6
- 3 Stars: 1
- 2 Stars: 0
- 1 Stars: 2
11 ratings, 9 with reviews410/17/2012
I should have saved a couple of bottles back.15/25/2012What a waste. Yuck. Threw the rest of the bottle down the drain!Jacqui Gordon - Champaign, IL55/22/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
Outstanding value. The 2005 vintage is a 93 rating in my book.Dave Muench - Perkiomenville, PA45/16/2012john logan - Sandy, OR45/2/2012
- Big & Bold
I am pleasantly surprised. Especially for the price. I had to go back for more!44/18/2012
- Smooth & Supple
I read the good reviews, and got a couple bottles. At $20, its a no brainer. I figure the wine is 6 1/2 years old, nad could age a little longer, so I decanted the wine for 45 minutes prior to serving. The wine visually shows an impressive color of various dark plum and craisin, as it splashes about in the decanter and in one's glass. The scent will transport you to a freshly emptied oak cask, as if wine had been there just an hour before. Dark fruits show in a moderate amount, and are in balance with a smoothfinish that is not overly tanic, but is quite nice. You can taste the earth from which the grapes came and a hint of soft cherry fruit, as the residual flavors of the wine come to a final flourish.13/23/2012Very disappointed. We opened two bottles both had no fruit flavor or smell. It was almost as if they were about to turn. I have had corked wine and this was not a corked musty taste. Just flat. Sending the other 4 bottles back.43/22/2012At this price very easy drinking cab53/21/2012
- Big & Bold
I purchased this wine based on it's excellent rating and price, but really didn't expect to be head over heels with it and I AM!! I should have bought more of this and will if it is ever offered at 50% off again. I can't say enough about this wine. It was EXCELLENT! LOVED IT!43/21/2012
- Big & Bold
earthy smell, great texture, oaky, plum, tobacco, licorice.33/21/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
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Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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