Brut Souverain Champagne Blend

Toast and citrus. Small bubbles. Acidic. @4400/375, Academy D, 240128 — a month ago

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Chateau Souverain

California Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Crisp, refreshing, and dry — 9 months ago


Sonoma County Pinot Noir 1974


Astonishing that this very old wine is drinking just great! The ‘74 Cab from Souverain was my very first early favorite way back then. Got this single sample and figured must be vinegar by now but be good for nostalgia for the long gone vineyard. Instead this is a delightful shock! Labels look great. Cork has top layer of crap but in good shape though the very bottom broke off. Wine has nice garnet color with little hint of its age. Still lively, well balanced and tasty even if not super complex. Nose is just straight out attractive with very ripe dark red fruits as background for the foreground earth and field and hay. No way I’d have guessed 46 year old Sonoma Pinot! Kept sniffing and satisfied even before tasting. Palate is light and lean but still lively and texture is firm and acidic carrying over to good finish. Like an aged but still athletic and elegant ballerina showing off. What a pleasant and memorable shock in these crazy times! Lot of 4 oldies from 70s, Sutter Home Zinfandels (2) Montevino and primarily for these but this Pinot already made it worthwhile for AA20. Adding two to 9.3 for the age! Back label says ‘74 was great vintage and wine ready to drink but will still be good in 3-4 years with proper storage. Ha! Day two still standing strong in Eto and dancing with delight. Enough for one last glass in day or two. Day three drank without food before dinner. Kept sniffing and sniffing. Elegant and complex nose with notes of sour plum and very ripe dark fruits. Only possible in such well aged vino! Memorable. Too bad only bottle. — 3 years ago

Chateau Souverain

California Merlot

Very smooth, buy again — 2 months ago

Chateau Souverain

California Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Very nice smooth easy drinking wine!! — 6 months ago

Chateau Souverain

California Grenache Rosé 2017

Pretty good. Actually very nice. It was on sale, and if it is again I would buy it. — 2 years ago

Chateau Souverain

Barrel Aged Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1994

Popped and poured; enjoyed over several hours. The 1994 Chateau Souverain, Cabernet Sauvignon pours a deep ruby fading to maroon via garnet, toward the rim. Medium+ viscosity with moderate staining and some signs of sediment. On the nose, the wine is vinous. The fruit is mostly red in profile and desiccated: cherries, strawberries, currants, green bell pepper, tobacco, leather, coffee, cocoa and warm spices. Tannins are still pretty firm. Acid is medium. Full of life yet and quite charming! Just goes to show that good winemaking, decent fruit and great provenance can allow even some of the more humble wines to age well (given proper cellar conditions). Drink now. — 4 months ago

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Chateau Souverain

California Pinot Noir

Good spicy Pinot - would buy again !!! Wegmans? Food lion? — a year ago

Joshua Flaherty
with Joshua


Estate Bottled Napa Valley Zinfandel 1979


Another incredible oldie that held up amazingly well. Cork looked like it’s ten years old with only bottom third stained through though it did break apart when pulled and lead seal is in excellent condition. Wine level showed no loss. Wonder if recorked at some point. Nice ruby color with little bricking. Whiff of worrisome sherry note that dissipated very quickly. Again like that Souverain Pinot a beautiful endlessly sniffable nose of almost fermented fruits and apples and autumnal forest floor carrying through to firmly textured palate but a relatively short finish. It’s a class act that still plays well. So second gem of the four. — 3 years ago