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Merlot Chateau St-Jean Sonoma Californie 2006

External Review by Astor Wines & Spirits:

Almond essence, dark fruits, and lingering toast on the finish will make this an instant favorite. This is a phenomenal value in top-flight California Merlot.

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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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12/29/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Merlot Chateau St-Jean Sonoma Californie

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
12/12/2009

Almond essence, dark fruits, and lingering toast on the finish will make this an instant favorite. This is a phenomenal value in top-flight California Merlot.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
12/17/2009

Aromas of sweet black cherry, black plum and toasted almonds burst from the glass of this Merlot. These bright fruit characters carry over onto the palate and mingle with notes of blackberry, dark chocolate and clove. A rich and full mid-palate, with polished tannins, leads to a lush finish with cassis on the close.



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Tasting Notes:

Aromas of sweet black cherry, cola and clove burst from the glass of this Merlot. These bright fruit characters carry over onto the palate and mingle with notes of blackberry and chocolate. The wine is round and dense with polished tannins.


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