For the past 45 years, Chateau St. Jean has made its home in the heart of Sonoma, a region of dramatic diversity perfect for growing a wide variety of exceptional grapes. Our 45th Anniversary Special Edition release celebrates our legacy of producing terroir driven wines from across the renowned region. Sourced from Alexander Valley, this Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant yet structured representation of Sonoma County's premier Cabernet growing region.
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) is bold, punchy and super-expressive. Sweet red cherry, chocolate, plum, licorice and dark spices flesh out in a creamy, ample Sonoma Cabernet that will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is another extroverted, bold Cabernet from St. Jean and winemaker Margo Van Staaveren. Drink it over the next handful of years." - Antonio Galloni
Deep ruby in color, this Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a huge amount of blueberry, plum, and violets on the nose, with oak spices shining through. On the palate, blue fruit flavors combine with cassis to create a very deep berry and fruit profile. The wine finishes with strong oak spice supported by the tannic structure. Very drinkable with a strong acidity complementing the tannins and fruit flavors. Drink now, or cellar for up to 15 years.
The 2015 growing season was another beautiful vintage with mild temperatures and no weather upsets throughout. The season got off to an early start in the spring and continued through to an early start of harvest with dry and uniform weather. The resulting grapes, although overall yields were slightly down, were of very high quality.
The fruit was selected from several vineyard sites throughout the Alexander Valley where Cabernet Sauvignon grows best including some of St. Jean’s traditional sources: Asti Vineyard, Stuhlmuller Vineyard as well as Belle Terre vineyard.
After the grapes were harvested and destemmed, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren used a combination of open and closed top fermentation methods. The wine was then barreled down into 60% French and 40% American Oak barrels for 20 months of oak aging. This wine was bottled in August of 2017 and received another 6 months of bottle age prior to its release on January 1, 2018, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of our famed winery.
Margo Van Staaveren’s has been Winemaker for Chateau St. Jean since 2003 and has worked at the winery for over 40 harvests. She was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2008. During her long tenure with the winery, Margo has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury category.
|Oak Treatment||60% French and 40% American Oak barrels for 20 months of oak aging|
|Blend||87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc|