Big Dark Cabernet Sauvignon

Even though this bottle of wine clocked in at 14.1% alcohol (which in my opinion, for a CA Cabernet Sauvignon is actually low) it was still a BIG wine. Kind of sad when I feel that 14.1% alcohol is low, but given that I have seen over 16% alcohol for some bottles, I would gather my perspective is a bit skewed, but that is a discussion for another day.

The wine in question was a 2004 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley. It had a real cork closure and was purchased by my dad, so I don’t know what he paid, but it looks to be available online for about $20. A word of caution, this wine needs more time in the bottle or a good decanting before you drink it.

On the nose of the wine I found black cherry, blackberry, leather, and plums. In the mouth there were cherries and dark berries. The wine was tannic and the mouth didn’t open up while I was drinking it, and I really only got the one glass since 6 of us were sharing the bottle!

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for this review. I have a bottle of the 03, which I haven’t opened yet, so I’m glad to know that the 04 wasn’t quite ready to go yet. I think I’ll wait until next fall and see how it is. Usually, Ch. Souverain are considered among the best value in California cabs, but I’ve never had one. This will be my first, and now I’m looking forward to it.

  2. I thought it was tasty Dr.Debs, but definitely not quite ready yet.

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