The grapes come from the 44-acre La Petite Etoile vineyard near Windsor.
This vineyard was originally planted in 1975, farmed by Chateau St. Jean since
1978 and actually purchased by the winery in 1988. The rolling hillside
vineyard in the Russian River Valley consists of shallow, gravelly and sandy
loam soils with tight clay subsoil. A small portion of the Sauvignon Blanc has
been replanted to the musque selection and is included in the final blend.
The cooler-than-normal 2011 growing season p
Classic winemaking techniques were used in crafting this Fumé Blanc. The
majority (70%) of the Sauvignon Blanc was barrel-fermented, with the
remainder fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain the fresh fruit characters
unique to the Russian River Valley. The barrel portion was aged for eight
months in small French oak barrels (43% new) adding complexity and
creaminess to the wine. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation.
Chateau St. Jean has a long history crafting single vineyard wines and we have
been making this Fumé Blanc from our La Petite Etoile Vineyard since 1979.
The La Petite Etoile vineyard produces classic Sauvignon Blanc with
expressive fruit flavors and bright acidity.