Chateau St. Jean Merlot Sonoma County Reserve 2010

Member Review by mikespeer:

nice nose of cherry and plum....very smooth, rich fruit, long lasting finish

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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 Merlot Sonoma County Reserve

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Snooth User: mikespeer
10741941,196
3.00 5
09/09/2012

nice nose of cherry and plum....very smooth, rich fruit, long lasting finish


Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 06/12/2013

Dark ruby hue, aromas of dark fruits and baking spice, flavor notes of blackberries, dried cherries and tobacco, thin over a short finish


Snooth User: Nicki
56532156
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 05/02/2010

Tasted April 2010: A very fine effort. The colour is deep. The wine has a wonderful perfume of intense black berry fruit and a soft oakiness, with some elegant spiciness. The taste is marvelous, deep, smooth, rounded and concentrated, with well-integrated soft tannins. A supremely balanced wine, a very fine Merlot, and great value at $24. Will keep until 2018.


Snooth User: Rob McKaughan
41896102
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/06/2008

Decent; somewhat mild wine. Flavors worked well with salami.


Snooth User: wesman
22192336
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 08/23/2009

Ok not great. Young.


Snooth User: mattbarton6161
20416325
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/23/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Merlot Sonoma County Reserve

External Review
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2011

A pure Merlot, with herb, tar, coffee and currant flavors. Supple and round, firm on the finish, with enough tannin to cellar short-term. Good value. Best from 2001 through 2007.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2011

Appealing black cherry and spice notes lead to soft, elegant plum and cedar flavors that end on a dry, dusty note. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/16/2010

Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2005 Sonoma and all other wine from Chateau St. Jean are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2011

Ripe, soft and juicy. An uncomplicated wine that nonetheless shows a good deal of sophistication and style. It has cherry, blackberry, anise and oak flavors, with rich tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2011

Firm, ripe, intense and concentrated, with a complex mix of currant, anise, fresh earth, leather and sage, with those flavors folding together nicely, where the tannins firm up. Drink now through 2009.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2011

This red wine is a little thin and short on the finish, but it keeps faith with Merlot's promise of softness and a gentle full-bodiedness. The wine is ripe in cherries, with a touch of smoky oak, and is nicely dry and balanced.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2011

Serves up lots of sage, cedar and spice notes, with supple plum and black cherry flavors folding in nicely on the finish, giving a sense of finesse and polish.


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