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. Our line of Reserves wines includes incredible expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Malbec.
Chateau St. Jean's Reserve wines are crafted by selecting the vineyard lots throughout Sonoma County offering the most generous fruit expression and the ability to age. This 2015 Reserve bottling is a blend of Pinot Noir from vineyards in Russian River Valley as well vineyards from Sonoma Coast. The grapes from these vineyards provide structure and fine-grained tannins, along with beautifully concentrated fruit flavors.
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.
Gentle fruit handling is paramount to great Pinot Noir production. Cap management and cold soaking are also key parts of the equation. Cold soaking before fermentation allows for the extraction of more color and flavor from this relatively thin-skinned grape. We utilize both open and closed top fermenters for our Pinot Noir, focusing on careful movement of the cap. This regime results in the best extraction of color, flavor and tannins from the skin. Each lot is assessed and individual barrels are tasted, and those barrels that show the greatest intensity are kept aside for the Reserve bottling. After barrel aging in French oak, the final selection is determined and the blend is assembled. Bottled unfined, this wine receives additional bottle age before its release.
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.
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