1997 Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dark ruby/purple-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon displays an excellent black currant, dried Provencal herb, toasty oak, and sweet black fruit-scented nose. The wine possesses tremendous fruit, medium to full body, low acidity, and a soft, succulent texture. It is a delicious Cabernet to drink over the next 7-10 years. Smart buyers in search of wines with an excellent quality/price rapport have been seeking out Chateau Souverain's offerings for a number of years. The current and up-coming releases continue to offer "real" wine drinkers tasty choices. (RP)
Broad-shouldered, with herb, blackberry and earth notes wrapped in substantial tannins. (JL)
The primary source (56%) of grapes for this vintage came from Chateau Souverain’s estate vineyards in the Alexander Valley. These benchland vineyards are located along an inland expanse of the Russian River, which channels early evening breezes to cool the valley’s warm afternoons, thereby allowing the grapes to ripen and retain their balanced acidity.