Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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Sonoma County is a diverse growing region with a complex terrain of small valleys, benchlands and hillsides. A coastal appellation, it is favored with fog in the morning and sunny afternoons cooled by maritime breezes. From the cool Carneros area in the south to the more moderate Russian River and Alexander Valleys further north, a wide variety of grapes can enjoy the optimum climate to achieve rich varietal flavor.

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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 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: Heather B
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05/10/2013

Smooth and delicious with anything


Snooth User: JNXRed
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4.50 5
06/21/2010

very nice, pleasant & smooth, rich, fruity flavors.


Snooth User: Cheri
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03/31/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

It may have a statewide appellation, but this wine showcases the winery's skill in crafting complex Cabs at all price levels. With blackberry, cassis, coffee and oak flavors and long, dry, finish, it's a fine, very drinkable wine.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Rich, ripe and juicy, with excellent black fruits and subtle tobacco and coffee notes. Soft and opulent for easy drinking, yet concentrated and complex without breaking the bank! A consistently great value in California Cabernet.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

As Napa Cabernets go, Chateau St. Jean's effort is both very high quality and a great value. Dark red fruits dominate the palate and are rounded out by hints of vanilla and coffee bean. Full bodied and well-balanced, the tannins are balanced at the end by a nice oaky, earthy finish.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Dense and concentrated, with rich, earthy currant and blackberry fruit that's a little muddled and lacking a sharp focus. Still, it speaks clearly of Cabernet with its concentration and depth. New California appellation Cabernet from St. Jean. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Enticing aromas of dark berries and vanilla waft from the glass of this inky garnet wine. Elegant and smooth, the rich palate is loaded with cassis, black cherry and spice.


External Review
07/18/2013

Chateau St. Jean is well known for it's single vineyard wines. Located in the heart of Sonoma, Chateau St. Jean has made wine for over 30 years and was the first Sonoma Winery to be awarded winery of the year by Wine Spectator, a high honor indeed.


External Review
04/13/2011

Tasting Notes - Inviting aromas of blackberry, black tea and hints of leather begin the nose of this Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is concentrated and structured with a ripe fruit core of dark berry fruit. The palate is round and full and leads to a lingering finish.



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Tasting Notes:

Bright aromas of cassis, blueberry and fig are followed by savory notes of toast, bay leaf and coffee. Ripe tannins and firm acidity provide structure and length to this ripe, satisfying wine.

Sonoma County is a diverse growing region with a complex terrain of small valleys, benchlands and hillsides. A coastal appellation, it is favored with fog in the morning and sunny afternoons cooled by maritime breezes. From the cool Carneros area in the south to the more moderate Russian River and Alexander Valleys further north, a wide variety of grapes can enjoy the optimum climate to achieve rich varietal flavor.

Notes: Aging: 24 months in French, Eastern European and American oak barrels

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.4 grams per liter

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