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Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2014

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Chateau St. Jean, Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley), 2014

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
12/09/2017

Vineyards & Vintage: The fruit was selected from several vineyard sites throughout the Alexander Valley where Cabernet Sauvignon grows best, including some of St. Jean’s traditional sources: Asti Vineyard, Treehouse Vineyard, Stuhlmuller Vineyard, as well as Chambers & Hansen and Belle Terre vineyards. The 2014 growing season was long and moderate, producing rich, flavorful wines with balanced acidity. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit enjoyed the long hang time the season offered as well as the bright sunshine over the course of the dry summer. The resulting fruit that came into the winery had deep color, concentrated flavors and ripe tannins. Winemaking: This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with just a small amount of Merlot (7%). After a combination of open-and closed-top fermentation, the wine was barreled to a blend of 63% French oak and 37% American oak, with about 40% overall in new oak. Following aging for 18 months in barrel, the wine was assembled and bottled. Tasting Notes: The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a bright and inviting nose with loads of fresh berry aromas: boysenberry, blackberry and baking spice notes. The nose leads to a plush, juicy, full mouthfeel filled with fresh berry jam and dark chocolate flavors. The wine is well-structured with a dense core of fruit and smooth tannins. The balanced acidity gives the wine a long, flavorful finish. Alc: 14.7% TA: 0.63 g/100 ml pH: 3.58



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