(1998 Vintage) The grapes for Chateau Souverain's Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon are grown on the hillsides and benchlands of Alexander Valley. These vineyards are noted for their gravelly, low-energy soil, which produces rich, concentrated flavors and colors. We chose Stuhlmuller, Chambers & Hansen and our own estate vineyards as the sources for this vintage. The terraced hillside of Stuhlmuller Vineyard (50%) historically is the backbone of our reserve blends due to its great fruit concentration. Cham...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1998 Vintage) Alexander Valley. Toasty, charry notes and smells of burnt herbs give this wine a rather difficult beginning, and its mid-density fruit in the mouth runs into chalky tannins and intrusive bitter-ness as the wine crosses the palate. Bottle age might soften the wine but cannot save it.