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2007 Chateau St. Jean Fumé Blanc La Petite Etoile Vineyard Russian River Valley

2007 Chateau St. Jean Fumé Blanc La Petite Etoile Vineyard Russian River Valley

In December, 2008, Robert Parker, Jr, put it best:

"Chateau St Jean's flagship Fumé Blanc 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."

If you like a crisp and light, yet absolutely refined white wine, look no further.

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About This Wine

The Vineyards
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.


Winemaking
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.


Winetasting Comments
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.


Harvest Dates: September 5-19, 2007
Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100 ml
pH: 3.34
Alcohol: 14.6% by volume
Bottled: August 2008
Release: December 2008
Case Production: 4,393 cases
Wine Profile
Vintage: 2007
Varietal: Fume Blanc
Appellation: Russian River
 
 

 

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