This Reserve Chardonnay boasts aromas of fresh Meyer lemons, tropical fruit
notes of guava and pineapple and notes of toasted hazelnut. The flavors are
complex and offer layers of lemon zest, subtle orange blossom, clove and
cinnamon spice and a pleasant browned butter feature. The well-balanced
wine has good structure, with rich texture and vibrancy of fruit. The wine
lingers on the finish with notes of vanilla and lemon oil.
Chateau St. Jean’s Reserve wines are crafted by selecting the vineyard lots from
throughout Sonoma County that offer the most generous fruit expression and
the ability to age. The 2009 Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay is our 13th
vintage of this wine. For this blend, we selected fruit from the critically
acclaimed Robert Young Vineyard (56%) and Cold Creek Ranch (27%) in
the Sonoma Coast appellation along with Durell Vineyard (12%) in Sonoma
Valley and Belle Terre Vineyard (5%) in the Alexander Valley.
Classic winemaking techniques such as sur lie aging for 16 months are used
for this wine. Each lot is kept separate throughout the winemaking process
and aged in 100% French oak (51% new). A barrel selection from each lot is
made to craft the final blend. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren prefers to
give the wine a year of bottle age before it’s released.