Located in the Sonoma Valley at the foot of Sugar Loaf Ridge, Chateau St. Jean is a 250-acre estate with 90 acres planted to wine grapes. The original planting in 1987, combined with additional plantings in 2001, bring the St. Jean Estate Malbec up to a total of 4.32 acres located on the mountain behind the winery in Kenwood.
Historically, the St. Jean Estate Malbec has been blended with a small amount of Merlot and/or Cabernet Sauvignon in the final wine. The 2007 vintage is 100% estate Malbec. The Malbec was fermented and aged for 28 months in small 100% French oak barrels (40% new).
The 2007 St. Jean Estates Malbec hosts complex and enticing aromas of wild berries, black fruits, violets and notes of meat and earthiness. The wine’s inviting aromas lead to an elegant palate with concentrated flavors of blackberry, ripe plum, espresso and a slight savory component. Well integrated tannins provide good structure and a very inviting wine that lingers on the palate.