Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir Sonoma 2006

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"Youthful and inviting, this Pinot Noir is filled with pleasing aromas of cherry and plum as well as hints of cedar a...

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Hillsborough, NJ (2,500 mi)
USD 17.99
750ml
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A nice mellow pinot. Fruit is there in cherry and cranberry and very little tannin. Medium bodied. Read more

I was surprised how much I liked this one. It is very smooth while still low in tannins. I enjoy the aftertaste and the richness of this wine. I wa... Read more

Nothing complicated here, just a Pinot with some real class and varietal distinction. You don't age a wine like with, you savor it with real food. ... Read more

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Snooth User: Derek67
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3.00 5
02/05/2009

A nice mellow pinot. Fruit is there in cherry and cranberry and very little tannin. Medium bodied.


Snooth User: spartan
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4.00 5
12/16/2008

I was surprised how much I liked this one. It is very smooth while still low in tannins. I enjoy the aftertaste and the richness of this wine. I wasn't looking to like this one but I'm now a fan, cant wait to try the more expensive line in this vineyard.


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External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Nothing complicated here, just a Pinot with some real class and varietal distinction. You don't age a wine like with, you savor it with real food. Dry and silky, with cherry, black raspberry and cola flavors ending with a swirl of dusty brown spice.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Supple and harmonious, with tasty plum, raspberry and black cherry fruit that's deftly balanced, ending with a complex fruity aftertaste and just the right amount of tannins, wood and acidity. Drink now through 2007.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The perfect restaurant by-the-glass wine, and not only because it's relatively affordable by today's Pinot standards. Crisp, light-bodied and elegant, it's totally dry, with a pleasant array of ripe cherry, cherryskin, raspberry, cola and dusty spice flavors. Easy to find, with almost 20,000 cases produced.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

The 2008 Pinot Noir Sonoma exhibits distinctive earthy and forest floor notes intermixed with hints of sassafras, sweet and sour cherries as well as plums. It possesses much more flavor than its shallow, medium to light ruby color suggests. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Light-bodied and ample in cherry, vanilla and smoky flavors, this wine finishes with a suggestion of cinnamon sugar. Soft with silky tannins.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A delicate, silky and sensual Pinot Noir that shows real value. Firmed and toned by racy acidity, it shows polished flavors of cherries, raspberries, sassafras, cola and cinnamon spice.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A fine value, the 2007 Pinot Noir Sonoma exhibits spicy, Christmas cake, clove, red cherry, and pomegranate notes presented in a medium-bodied, easy to drink style. Consume it over the next 1-3 years.


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Winemaker's Notes:

"Youthful and inviting, this Pinot Noir is filled with pleasing aromas of cherry and plum as well as hints of cedar and leather. The palate offers jammy fruit flavors and fine tannins that give a creamy texture and a long fruit-driven finish." -- Margo Van Staaveren, WinemakerVINEYARDSPinot Noir is a grape that must be grown in the right place. The "right places" in Sonoma County are the Russian River Valley and the Carneros district. Both regions are ideal for Pinot Noir because of cool growing conditions. Given the breadth of conditions in Sonoma County, we prefer the flavors in Pinot Noir where the backbone of the wine is predominately Carneros and we use fruit from the Russian River Valley to heighten the blend. Approximately 77% of the wine came from the Carneros region - mostly from the Benoist Ranch and Durell Vineyard.WINEMAKINGHand-picking and gentle fruit handling are key to great Pinot Noir production. Cap management and cold soaking are also key parts of the equation. Cold soaking before fermentation allows for the extraction of more and different color and flavor from this relatively thin-skinned grape. Open-top fermenters allow gentle cap management by manually pushing the skins back down into the fermenting juice. This regime results in the best extraction of color, flavor and tannins from the skin. After fermentation is complete, the lots are tasted to determine the best date to press. We keep every grower, every block and every clone separate throughout the aging process. After 9 months of barrel aging, each lot is assessed, the lots are selected, blended and the wine is bottled unfined.CRITICAL ACCLAIMWine Enthusiast "Editor's Choice""The perfect restaurant by-the-glass wine, and not only because it's relatively affordable by today's Pinot standards. Crisp, light-bodied and elegant, it's totally dry, with a pleasant array of ripe cherry, raspberry, cola and dusty spice flavors. July 2007ALCOHOL: 14.2%ACIDITY: 0.55 g/100mLHARVEST: Sept. 13-Oct. 9, 2006

"Youthful and inviting, this Pinot Noir is filled with pleasing aromas of cherry and plum as well as hints of cedar and leather. The palate offers jammy fruit flavors and fine tannins that give a creamy texture and a long fruit-driven finish." -- Margo Van Staaveren, WinemakerVINEYARDSPinot Noir is a grape that must be grown in the right place. The "right places" in Sonoma County are the Russian River Valley and the Carneros district. Both regions are ideal for Pinot Noir because of cool growing conditions. Given the breadth of conditions in Sonoma County, we prefer the flavors in Pinot Noir where the backbone of the wine is predominately Carneros and we use fruit from the Russian River Valley to heighten the blend. Approximately 77% of the wine came from the Carneros region - mostly from the Benoist Ranch and Durell Vineyard.WINEMAKINGHand-picking and gentle fruit handling are key to great Pinot Noir production. Cap management and cold soaking are also key parts of the equation. Cold soaking before fermentation allows for the extraction of more and different color and flavor from this relatively thin-skinned grape. Open-top fermenters allow gentle cap management by manually pushing the skins back down into the fermenting juice. This regime results in the best extraction of color, flavor and tannins from the skin. After fermentation is complete, the lots are tasted to determine the best date to press. We keep every grower, every block and every clone separate throughout the aging process. After 9 months of barrel aging, each lot is assessed, the lots are selected, blended and the wine is bottled unfined.CRITICAL ACCLAIMWine Enthusiast "Editor's Choice""The perfect restaurant by-the-glass wine, and not only because it's relatively affordable by today's Pinot standards. Crisp, light-bodied and elegant, it's totally dry, with a pleasant array of ripe cherry, raspberry, cola and dusty spice flavors. July 2007ALCOHOL: 14.2%ACIDITY: 0.55 g/100mLHARVEST: Sept. 13-Oct. 9, 2006

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