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Take a 'new' sip of Souverain wine

Discover Souverain again
Discover Souverain again
Julia Hollister

Souverain Winery recently unveiled its new label – a crown, cluster of grapes, the California golden bear and a thistle of Scotland – but the extraordinary wine remains true to its 1944 roots.

All four varietals –2012 North Coast sauvignon blanc, 2011 North Coast chardonnay, 2011 North Coast merlot and 2011 North Coast cabernet sauvignon are offered at the sweet prices of $13 and $15 respectively.

“Souverain (meaning supreme/king in French) has such an incredible history of making distinct wines and for the past 20 years I’ve worked to carry on that tradition,” said winemaker Ed Killian. “Although the places and faces have changed, the wine and the soul of the brand are alive and vivid today.”

Vivid and bright describes perfectly the sauvignon blanc varietal. The spicy fruit combine with a fresh winemaking style to create multi-layered mineral complexities. This selection displays aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and lime zest. Ripe melon and orange blossom flavors add to the symphony.

Tempting scents of roasted pears and baking spice introduce the 2011 chardonnay. This full-bodied varietal has lush layers of pineapple, lemon and cream flavors that linger on the palate.

The seductive 2011 merlot is rowdy and opulent with bright aromas of boysenberry and roasted coffee and red to purple hues. Elegant layers of black cherry and juicy plum flavors cascade into a long finish.

The cabernet sauvignon selection defines the French definition of supreme. It is deep ruby-purple in the glass that coaxes one sip after another as an avalanche of roasted mocha and baking spice flavors emerge. Flavors of juicy blackberry and ripe cherry flavors crescendo into a lingering finish.

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