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Chateau St. Jean Merlot Sonoma County Reserve 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Tasting Notes Aromas of black fruits dominate with notable hints of plum on the nose.Rich, ripe and forward with big fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberryare backed by a slight hint of mint and subtle notes of roasted meat.Lush and fleshy tannins gently surround the fruit to a satisfying finish.

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Chateau St. Jean Winery & Vineyards:
  Chatea St. Jean’s life started in 1920, when it was built as a summer home for Ernest and Maude Goff. It is located in Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near the legendary Kenwood, California. While the 250 acres of land were originally planted with white grapes, Prohibition encouraged the planting of prunes and walnuts instead. When Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973, the... Read more
  Chatea St. Jean’s life started in 1920, when it was built as a summer home for Ernest and Maude Goff. It is located in Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near the legendary Kenwood, California. While the 250 acres of land were originally planted with white grapes, Prohibition encouraged the planting of prunes and walnuts instead. When Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973, the chateau was restored and opened to the public in honor of the Goff family. As the company says, “only the finest” from their wines, and they delivered on that promise in quick time. In 1999, Chateau St. Jean’s 1996 Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon won “Wine of the Year,” making the chateau the first Sonoma winery to receive this award. Chateau St. Jean was one of the pioneers in vineyard designation, stressing the importance of a grape’s origin. They didn’t just talk the talk - they took grapes from successful vineyards and made individually labeled Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, and Fumé Blanc. With the hard work and dedication of Margo Van Staaveren, the winemaker for Chateau St. Jean, the winery is able to make high quality wines with a persistent signature flavor profile across different vintages. Read less

Member Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Merlot Sonoma County Reserve

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Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
2.50 5
06/12/2013

Dark ruby hue, aromas of dark fruits and baking spice, flavor notes of blackberries, dried cherries and tobacco, thin over a short finish


Snooth User: Nicki
56532156
4.50 5
05/02/2010

Tasted April 2010: A very fine effort. The colour is deep. The wine has a wonderful perfume of intense black berry fruit and a soft oakiness, with some elegant spiciness. The taste is marvelous, deep, smooth, rounded and concentrated, with well-integrated soft tannins. A supremely balanced wine, a very fine Merlot, and great value at $24. Will keep until 2018.


Snooth User: Rob McKaughan
41896102
2.50 5
02/06/2008

Decent; somewhat mild wine. Flavors worked well with salami.


Snooth User: wesman
22192336
3.00 5
08/23/2009

Ok not great. Young.


Snooth User: mattbarton6161
20416325
4.00 5
06/23/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Merlot Sonoma County Reserve

External Review
10/06/2009

This Merlot opens with aromas of lavender blackberry and ripe plum. Bittersweet chocolate and jammy fruit begin the entry in the palate and continue throughout a well-structured and fruit-forward Merlot. There is a mid-palate softness that offers a core of ripe fruit along with mouth-coating fine grained tannins. Layers of cocoa powder clove and plum last throughout the finish.


External Review
05/22/2011

Fragrant nose of blackberries, raspberries, oak. Huge structure. Rich, concentrated black fruits, with spicy/minty notes. Soft tannins coat the mouth. Long finish.


External Review
05/22/2011

Saturated dark red. Oak-accented, generous berry-fruit aromas. A flavorful attack leads a moderately full-bodied palate with persistent velvety tannins. Stylish and impressively concentrated. Drink now or later.


External Review
01/15/2009

Aromas of sweet black cherry, black plum and toasted almonds burst from the glass of this Merlot. These bright fruit characters carry over onto the palate and mingle with notes of blackberry, dark chocolate and clove. A rich and full mid-palate, with polished tannins, leads to a lush finish with cassis on the close.


External Review
05/13/2009

Almond essence, dark fruits, and lingering toast on the finish will make this an instant favorite. This is a phenomenal value in top-flight California Merlot.


External Review
05/22/2011

The 1996 Merlot is a good value for this over-crowded/over-priced, often mediocre quality category. Ten percent Cabernet Franc has been added to the blend, resulting in a creamy-textured, ripe, mocha, berry, chocolately-styled Merlot with good softness, excellent ripeness, and a pleasing, medium to full-bodied savory finish. It should drink well for 4-5 years.


External Review
05/22/2011

A firm yet supple texture easily supports the pretty black currant, cherry, tar, smoke and vanilla flavors. has focus and finesse. Drink now through 2004.


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Tasting Notes:

Our Reserve Merlot is known for its velvety texture and described to many as “liquid velvet” in a glass. Simply magnificent upon release, the nose of this Merlot displays wonderful aromas of black plums, ripe blueberries, cassis, fresh violets and mocha. On the palate, a soft, creamy and pleasant entry leads to a silky texture with gorgeous, round tannins. And always with a finish that will last for minutes!

Wine Tasting Notes Aromas of black fruits dominate with notable hints of plum on the nose.Rich, ripe and forward with big fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberryare backed by a slight hint of mint and subtle notes of roasted meat.Lush and fleshy tannins gently surround the fruit to a satisfying finish.

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