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Château St. Jean Malbec Estate 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

This Reserve wine consists of Malbec (92%) blended with Cabernet Sauvignon (4%) and Petit Verdot (4%). Individual lots of each varietal were aged separately for 30 months in small 100% French oak barrels (54% new). Barrel by barrel, each lot was tasted and the most outstanding Malbec barrels were selected and then blended with specific lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot to produce the final wine. Winetasting Comments Attractive aromas of black tea, lavender and hibiscus give this wine a truly inviting nose. Juicy and explosive upon entry, this Malbec is loaded with flavors of raspberry, mocha and milk chocolate. The wine has power and a solid mid-palate structure, yet the tannins are soft and round and lead to a lush finish. Harvest Sugar: 25.0° Brix Total Acidity: 0.61 g/100 ml Alcohol: 14.7% by volume

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

This Reserve wine consists of Malbec (92%) blended with Cabernet Sauvignon (4%) and Petit Verdot (4%). Individual lots of each varietal were aged separately for 30 months in small 100% French oak barrels (54% new). Barrel by barrel, each lot was tasted and the most outstanding Malbec barrels were selected and then blended with specific lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot to produce the final wine. Winetasting Comments Attractive aromas of black tea, lavender and hibiscus give this wine a truly inviting nose. Juicy and explosive upon entry, this Malbec is loaded with flavors of raspberry, mocha and milk chocolate. The wine has power and a solid mid-palate structure, yet the tannins are soft and round and lead to a lush finish. Harvest Sugar: 25.0° Brix Total Acidity: 0.61 g/100 ml Alcohol: 14.7% by volume

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