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Chateau St Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Vintage & Vineyards: We selected fruit from several vineyard sites throughout the Alexander Valley where Cabernet Sauvignon grows best including some of our traditional sources: Asti Vineyard, Treehouse Vineyard, Stuhlmuller and Belle Terre Vineyards. Sonoma County experienced another ideal growing season in 2013 – a season which was long and provided moderate temperatures for grapes to ripen at an optimal pace. The result is another high quality vintage offering outstanding fruit characteristics with balanced acidity, tannins, and sugar levels. Winemaking: This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a small amount of Merlot (5%) and Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (2%). After a combination of open and closed-top fermentation, the wine was barreled to a blend of 80% French oak and 20% American oak, with about 23% new in each. Following aging for 20 months in barrel, the wine was assembled and bottled. Tasting Notes: The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with vivid aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and baking spice notes. The aromas lead to a plush and rich mouthfeel filled with fresh berry jam and dark chocolate. The wine is well-structured with a core of fruit density, balanced acidity and an elegant finish. Vinification: Twenty months in both French and American oak. Alc: 14.5% TA: 0.61 g/100 ml pH: 3.77

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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

External Reviews for Chateau St Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/26/2017

Vintage & Vineyards: We selected fruit from several vineyard sites throughout the Alexander Valley where Cabernet Sauvignon grows best including some of our traditional sources: Asti Vineyard, Treehouse Vineyard, Stuhlmuller and Belle Terre Vineyards. Sonoma County experienced another ideal growing season in 2013 – a season which was long and provided moderate temperatures for grapes to ripen at an optimal pace. The result is another high quality vintage offering outstanding fruit characteristics with balanced acidity, tannins, and sugar levels. Winemaking: This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a small amount of Merlot (5%) and Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (2%). After a combination of open and closed-top fermentation, the wine was barreled to a blend of 80% French oak and 20% American oak, with about 23% new in each. Following aging for 20 months in barrel, the wine was assembled and bottled. Tasting Notes: The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with vivid aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and baking spice notes. The aromas lead to a plush and rich mouthfeel filled with fresh berry jam and dark chocolate. The wine is well-structured with a core of fruit density, balanced acidity and an elegant finish. Vinification: Twenty months in both French and American oak. Alc: 14.5% TA: 0.61 g/100 ml pH: 3.77



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