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Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay Alexander Valley Robert Young Vineyard 2013

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92 points Robert Parker: [$25 list] Château St. Jean has always made a bevy of Chardonnays and they are also realistically priced. Perhaps the most famous wine is the 2013 Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard, which is a 5,000-case cuvée from the Robert Young clone of Chardonnay. There is 100% barrel fermentation, but it is never put through malolactic, hence the great acidity. This honeyed style of Chardonnay offers up notes of lemon oil, white stones, tangerine and subtle baking spices. It is rich and full-bodied, with admirable fruit and terrific acidity. It should age nicely for 5-6 years and is a heck of a value. Drink: 2016-2022. (Mar 2016)

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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

92 points Robert Parker: [$25 list] Château St. Jean has always made a bevy of Chardonnays and they are also realistically priced. Perhaps the most famous wine is the 2013 Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard, which is a 5,000-case cuvée from the Robert Young clone of Chardonnay. There is 100% barrel fermentation, but it is never put through malolactic, hence the great acidity. This honeyed style of Chardonnay offers up notes of lemon oil, white stones, tangerine and subtle baking spices. It is rich and full-bodied, with admirable fruit and terrific acidity. It should age nicely for 5-6 years and is a heck of a value. Drink: 2016-2022. (Mar 2016)

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