Well, some wine you cellar just right. I bought this bottle quite a few years ago on one of my treks to California when Chateau Souverain was located just off the 101 at Independence. I would visit the winery every chance I could and on my last visit about four or five years ago I was surprised to find a new owner had taken over. Of course, Francis Coppola now resided in the former Chateau Souverain wine rooms so I expect good things out of the new owner.
As I was trying to locate the new location for Chateau Souverain I kept going down dirt roads that just ended and some led to nowhere. Needless to say I was quite disappointed as I always looked forward to visiting their tasting room. And to my knowledge they do not have a tasting room open to the public since they moved.
Anyway, this Zinfandel opened with blackberry, bacon, forest floor, black raspberry, and spice on the nose. Some really nice aromas. On the palate I got wild black raspberry, mocha, and mulberry. Here is it eleven years later and it tastes better than when I first tasted this. The bad news is that was my last bottle of the 2001 vintage. I had this stand alone and the cost back then was $18.99.