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Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay Alexander Valley Robert Young Vineyard 2014

Member Review by EMark:

Lots of oak on the nose--I have the feeling that this is one of those California Chardonnays that everybody now loves to hate--some hints of pineapple. Initial palate sensation is nice, refreshing a bit of acid, but it doesn't take long before the vanilla/caramel from the oak takes over. This wine will go better with tonight's grilled chicken that it does by itself. US$13.99 at Costco.

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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 Chardonnay Alexander Valley Robert Young Vineyard

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Snooth User: EMark
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/03/2013

Lots of oak on the nose--I have the feeling that this is one of those California Chardonnays that everybody now loves to hate--some hints of pineapple. Initial palate sensation is nice, refreshing a bit of acid, but it doesn't take long before the vanilla/caramel from the oak takes over. This wine will go better with tonight's grilled chicken that it does by itself. US$13.99 at Costco.


Snooth User: WineGent
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 07/30/2008

Chateau Saint Jean has been represented in my cellar for many years. Their Proprietary "Cinq Cepage", is a wonderful Bordeaux blend that consistently gets great scores from most reviewers. I never had the opportunity to try their Chardonnay until I opened a bottle with a friend last week. What a wonderful surprise. <p><p> When reviewing Chardonnay in the $20-$25 range, I often have my expectations set on the low side. Much of the chardonnay in this price range is mundane. The grapes used for Chardonnay at this price point are not of the highest quality. Why should they be? The top grapes can be sold or used for wines that are two or three times the money. For $25, I would rather find a bottle of Savignon Blanc or Viognier of excellent quality then suffer through a mediocre chardonnay. <p><p> The 2005 Belle Terre Chardonnay delivered a lot of quality for the price. As a reviewer, I should not make assumptions before tasting. This wine reinforced the fact and taught me a valuable lesson. <p><p> The wine is light honey colored, with a tinge of green. It is medium to full bodied for a white. The wine clung tenaciously to the glass when swirled. Honeysuckle, Peach, Nectarine and Lemon were prevalent in the nose. Peaches and nectarine are abundant up front, with a nice hint of oak towards the finish. Not overdone, the little bit of oak will please even those who like an "unoaked" chardonnay. The wine is rich and full in the mouth with fabulous length. The finish goes on and on.....fabulous! <p><p> This wine was released last year at $25, and can still be found on the winery website at this price. www.chateaustjean.com For those of you that are comfortable with internet purchase, it can be found at the Wine Exchange, www.winex.com for $17.99 per bottle. This quality chardonnay is a steal at this price. Back up the truck, and buy a few cases. You can thank me later....get your credit card and buy a case before it is gone.


Snooth User: kathryn
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4.00 5
Vintage: 1992 02/25/2008

a little richer than I usually like but very nice


External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay Alexander Valley Robert Young Vineyard

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Vintage: 2012 08/17/2015

Creamy in brioche and lemon, this full-bodied wine from a hallmark vineyard offers a floral nose of jasmine on the opening, alongside ripe peach and apricot. Complex and surreptitiously vibrant, it finishes with more of that creaminess and a taste of vanilla oak.


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Vintage: 2012 08/17/2015

The 2012 Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard is soft and approachable, with plenty of near-term appeal. A kiss of French oak adds hints of vanillin and spice to the expressive, varietally expressive fruit.


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Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

Chateau St. Jean pioneered Sonoma single-vineyard wines in the 1970s when we began our partnership with Robert Young. The "Robert Young Clone" of Chardonnay was certified in 1989, and is particularly suited to the alluvial soils of the world-class site.


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Vintage: 2010 04/13/2013

Fresh aromas of yellow fruit, citrus zest and hints of honeysuckle and smoke introduce the nose of this single vineyard Chardonnay. A medium-bodied entry fills the mouth with notes of pear, citrus, honey and nutmeg. Balanced acidity and lingering notes of Meyer lemon make this an excellent food wine.


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Vintage: 2010 02/06/2013

Chateau St. Jean is well known for it's single vineyard wines. Located in the heart of Sonoma, Chateau St. Jean has made wine for over 30 years and was the first Sonoma Winery to be awarded winery of the year by Wine Spectator, a high honor indeed.


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Vintage: 2005 01/22/2009

Bright lemon yellow color. Apricot and ripe yellow pear aromas are followed by sweet vanilla oak. The front of the palate is dominated by peach, and the oak is much more subdued. Apricot joins the peach with a touch of citrus. Good acidity and mediu... Mike Supple. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2005 Chateau St Jean Chardonnay Belle Terre Vineyard 750ml



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