Souverain 2006 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on February 2, 2011

Souverain was founded during World War II in the Napa Valley. It's founder, J. Leland Stewart, steadily built the brand for thirty years until its sale in 1973. The new owners relocated Souverain to an Alexander Valley winery whose estate vineyard dates back to the late 19th century. This vineyard was replanted in its entirety in the 1980's and today is Souverain's primary fruit source, with 280 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.


Winery - Souverain

Location - Cloverdale, California

Wine - Souverain 2006 Alexander Valley Cavbernet Sauvignon

Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation - Alexander Valley

Alcohol - 14.1% v/v

Price -$17 USD

Nose/Aroma - Blackberries, pepper, and mushrooms.

Palate/Flavors - Black currants and plum, backed with a fresh soil characteristic and black pepper. Decently structured and balanced, not a huge wine as such. Med-long finish of dried raspberries.

Style - Lighter than a stereotypical over-extracted California Cabernet Sauvignon.

Comments - Refreshing to see there are still Cabernets available that don't need an oak crutch. Pretty well balanced, nice flavor profile.