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Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

The famous Robert Young Vineyard is located in the north central Alexander Valley. The Chardonnay plantings are in alluvial clay soils. Robert Young saw an opportunity to custom tailor a Chardonnay clone that was best suited for his vineyard site. Using the best selection from his original plantings of the Wente clone, Robert Young had his "Robert Young Clone" certified in 1989.Several blocks of Chardonnay were harvested individually on different days. Each block and harvest day is always kept separate throughout the winemaking process. Classic winemaking techniques of barrel fermentation and sur lie aging in small French (920%) oak cooperage for 14 months was used. The barrels are tasted, and those of great fruit intensity and texture are selected by Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren to create this Chardonnay. In keeping with the 29-year history of this bottling, this wine is made in a non-malolactic .Fresh aromas of lemon, honeysuckle and Bosc pear introduce the nose to this Chardonnay. A medium bodied entry fills the mouth with notes of peaches, key lime pie, citrus and hints of smoke. Perfect acidity and lingering notes of lemon oil on the finish make this an excellent food wine.

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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

The famous Robert Young Vineyard is located in the north central Alexander Valley. The Chardonnay plantings are in alluvial clay soils. Robert Young saw an opportunity to custom tailor a Chardonnay clone that was best suited for his vineyard site. Using the best selection from his original plantings of the Wente clone, Robert Young had his "Robert Young Clone" certified in 1989.Several blocks of Chardonnay were harvested individually on different days. Each block and harvest day is always kept separate throughout the winemaking process. Classic winemaking techniques of barrel fermentation and sur lie aging in small French (920%) oak cooperage for 14 months was used. The barrels are tasted, and those of great fruit intensity and texture are selected by Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren to create this Chardonnay. In keeping with the 29-year history of this bottling, this wine is made in a non-malolactic .Fresh aromas of lemon, honeysuckle and Bosc pear introduce the nose to this Chardonnay. A medium bodied entry fills the mouth with notes of peaches, key lime pie, citrus and hints of smoke. Perfect acidity and lingering notes of lemon oil on the finish make this an excellent food wine.

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