Chateau St. Jean Gewürztraminer Sonoma County 2008
Editorial Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Gewürztraminer Sonoma County
Nicely fruity on the nose with early notes of mulberry, black fruits and violet over some limestone notes. Rich, ripe yet transparent on the palate with lively, crisp tannins and an edge of austerity that underpins the mulberry, black raspberry and juniper/forest floor-toned palate. This finishes much more in the red fruit end of the spectrum with currant and cherry fruit lingering over a succulent, sandy soil driven base. Archetypal Chianti. 89pts
Aged in third passage barrique This has a wonderful purity to the sweet, slightly candied notes of barely ripe crushed raspberries with hints of medicinal roots, flowers and bay leaves adding contrast. In the mouth this exhibits a light to medium bodied feel and is very fruit driven with a core of black currant and raspberry fruit that exhibits excellent cut and focus. There are hints of underbrush and herbs on the palate that show up on the big, pure finish with fruit that’s just a touch chunky and an almost spicy note of green anise seeds on the finale. A lovely wine, full and fresh. 90pts
which was very young with it unevolved nose of sweet, slightly smoky oak and sandy mineral tones. In the mouth this was lush and rich with great mineral cut and rigid, slightly rustic tannins that were bracing anf lingered on the licorice tinged finish. Far to young but promising indeed.
Cut red plums, smoke, hickory from the oak, a little flint, steel, apple core, lovely sweet violet note. Bright, fairly tense. I prefer the ‘97 to this. Tight and a bit oaky today. A bit chewy, lightly, full of bitter cherry fruit, classic austere, aggressive stuff. This is charged with fruit. Ready to beat your mouth into submission, but has fine fresh, ripe fruit. There is a lingering black cherry pit note on the finale. 91pts
Iron, limestone, flower petals, spice. This is very fine, very perfumed, blood-penetrating nose. Fresh and rich, powerful wine. This has real energy in the mouth, lovely citrus and rosehip notes, red cherry fruit, strawberry. Lovely, still youthful. A bit liquory, nice spice. Mineral follow-through, sapid, almost salty, tense and vibrant, long fruit. Almost chewy yet rather refined. 93 pts
Lovely color, still youthful looking Opens with a killer nose full of cedar and spice accents to the slight vanilla toned wild strawberry confiture fruit, gains a smoky edge and some pointy limestone notes. Lush with fruit verging on sweet but the vibrant acidity keeps it lively in the mouth, tannins are pretty much resolved and this is at peak with intense strawberry fruit, that limestone bite that give mouthgrab and a long linger finish that ends with a flourish of autumnal mushroom. Superb,
Lots of cream and pears in the nose, and a fresh vegetative smell. Light minerally body with some mild buttery notes. Slightly tart finish.
Clear and clean aromas of green apple, lemon and sugar. Smooth and flavorful with a complex mix of lemon candy, cream, apple.
Nice strawberry fruit on the nose which is a contrast to its deep violet hue. Structured and complex, yet with a smooth mouthfeel, subtle tannins and bright acidity
Bright, tart fruit with a balanced acidity, woodsy flavors (pinecone, cedar), good weight and smoothness. Very well balanced.
Overpowering salinity/brine flavor, gets a little better after a half hour in the glass. Light body. Tangy and fruity on the palette followed by an array of interesting tart flavors. Fine tannins. The salinity kills it for me, but lots of people seem to like that.
Enjoy the aroma of apples with a buttery taste. Goes great with our Dominos thin crust and buffalo wings ; )
External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Gewürztraminer Sonoma County
The Vintage: The spring was warm and dry, getting the vines off to an early start. The weather stayed warm throughout the summer but was free of damaging heat spells. September brought a classic Napa Valley autumn with warm days and very cool nights. With the consistent warmth, the harvest began about two weeks early and we had a very busy September. The beautiful growing season resulted in truly exceptional wines—full of ripe flavors, developed in the sunshine, and balanced by natural acidity from the cool nights. The Wine: Vibrant and deep ruby color. The very attractive nose has aromas of fresh blackberry, red currant and dried fruit. The palate is round and opens with earthy/herbal tones and finishes with silky flavors of cassis, chocolate and black pepper. Balanced and drinkable now, but also an excellent addition to the collector's cellar. Food Affinities: Start with a base of a hearty red meat, duck or veal cut. To bring out the flavors in the wine, complement the entree with sides or sauces featuring mushrooms, roasted tomatoes or garden spices (oregano or thyme). Varietals: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Malbec 2% Petit Verdot 1% Merlot Oak: 18 months in (45% new) 60% French 28% American 12% Hungarian Alcohol: 14.8%
One of the superstars of the vintage it boasts an inky/purple color as well as abundant notes of blueberry liqueur graphite truffles acacia flowers and subtle toast. Full-bodied opulent and already easy to drink this large-scaled wine possesses high levels of tannin but they are relatively well-concealed by the extravagant fruit glycerin texture and density of this compelling Troplong Mondot. This impressive wine may shut down after bottling and require 4-5 years of cellaring. It has the potential to last at least 15-20 years. Bravo! From a 63-acre vineyard on the high plateau (called the Plateau of Mondot) adjacent to the famous limestone hillside the Cote Pavie the 2012 Troplong Mondot is another fabulous success. Cropped at 31 hectoliters per hectare with malolactic in barrel this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon hit 14.2% natural alcohol. Three-fourths of the production went into the grand vin. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Twenty Bench is a wine of great personality, with aromas of fresh red-fruits and blackcurrant scents dominating the nose. It is quick to express itself on the palate with harmonious flavors of cassis, blackberry, cigar box, dark chocolate and vanilla spice.
Twisted 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel is medium-bodied with aromas of black cherry, red currant, blackberry bramble and a hint of spice. Concentrated ripe fruit, dark berry flavors and black pepper carry through to the palate while nicely balanced acidity and plush tannins lead to a lingering finish. Enjoy Twisted Old Vine Zinfandel with braised short ribs, BBQ chicken pizza or pulled pork sliders. - WineryAlcohol: 13.5%Total Acidity: 0.62 grams/100mlpH: 3.56
The combination of barrel and tank fermentation for this wine has resulted in bright, forward aromatics with beautifully balanced fruit and oak. The texture is soft, with round oak tannins and well-integrated acidity. The layers of melon, pear and pineapple are enhanced by rich toasty oak that leads to a long finish.
Der Wein ist vollfruchtig, mit einer feinen Blume. Er zeigt sich so wie seine Umgebung, herzlich, voller Kraft und eigenem Charakter.
A juicy, fleshy palate is supported by ripe cherry and blackberry fruit. This is delicately built with fine, lingering tannins - wrapped up in integrated, well seasoned oak. A wine that is ready for immediate enjoyment with a view to cellaring for 7 to 10 years from vintage -Winery
Food Pairings for Chateau St. Jean Gewürztraminer Sonoma County
Fragrant aromas of apple blossom, peach and hints of lychee begin the nose of this light and refreshing Gewurztraminer.
<p>Made from a blend of Sangioveto, Canaiolo and other complementary grapes, this very dry Tuscan Chianti is brilliant ruby red with an ample bouquet of violets, iris and vanilla followed by layers of fruit on the palate.</p>