These grapes come from a 44-acre ranch near Windsor planted in 1975, farmed by Chateau St. Jean since 1978 and purchased by the winery in 1988. The vineyard consists of shallow, gravelly and sandy loam soils with tight clay subsoil on rolling hillsides in the Russian River Valley. Half of the vineyard is planted to Sauvignon Blanc and half to Pinot Noir. Precise vertical trellis systems along with vigorous leaf pulling and crop level management allow this Sauvignon Blanc to achieve maturity not generally found in this cool growing region.
Classic winemaking techniques were used for this Fumé Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc was barrel fermented and aged for 9 months in small 100% French oak barrels (37% new). The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation.
Enticing aromas of lemongrass, green tea and sweet smoky notes begin the nose on this well-structured Fumé Blanc. Vibrant acidity and bright fruit flavors of kiwi fruit and melon linger on the palate and lead to a fresh finish with hints of spice.
Wine Advocate | Robert Parker, Jr. | December 31, 2008
Their flagship offering is more muted aromatically, but there is a lot going on in this wine, especially on the palate. It is more promising in the mouth than in its shy aromatics, but those will emerge if my instincts are correct. Fresh, lively, fig, melon, flint, and a hint of freshly mowed grass, medium-bodied flavors, zesty acidity, no evidence of wood, and a long finish suggest it can be drunk over the next several years.
September 5-19, 2007 Total Acidity:
0.68 g/100 ml pH:
14.6% by volume Bottled:
August 2008 Release:
December 2008 Case Production: