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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 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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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
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Member Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir Sonoma

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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.


Snooth User: henrytf
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4.00 5
03/18/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir Sonoma

External Review
Source: Sonoma Harvest Fair
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal


External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

85WE no further case discount


External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

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.


External Review
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.


External Review
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.


External Review
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.


External Review
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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"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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