Since its inception in 1999, this 8555 cuvee pays homage to our home and our winery address here in the Sonoma Valley. This winemaker’s choice red blend allows us to source and select the best grape varietals grown in Sonoma County, to showcase what we believe is a true representation of the special terroir available to us on our doorstep.
The inky colored Eighty-Five Fifty-Five Cuvée is an exuberant expression of Sonoma County, with buoyant aromas of crushed boysenberries, black plums and blueberry preserves wafting from the glass, followed by savory hints of smoked meat, black pepper and dried herbs. Behind the wine’s stature lies a generosity of ripe, brambly, black and blue fruit, expansive in the mouth, followed by notes of chocolate, spice and earthy minerality. This full-bodied, chiseled and balanced wine leaves a persistent, mouthwatering finish.
The 2017 vintage was lower yielding but high in quality. The region enjoyed much needed rain during the winter months ending the drought, followed by a mild spring resulting in uniform flowering and fruit set. A variable summer was accentuated by a short period of warmer than usual temperatures during Labor Day weekend but the cooler weather that followed allowed sugar levels to return to normal and extend hang time for red varietals. The lower yield of small-berried grapes resulted in wines that show tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and complexity.
Since its inception in 1999, this 8555 Cuvee pays homage to our home and our winery address here in the Sonoma Valley. This winemaker’s choice red blend allows us to source and select the best grape varietals grown in Sonoma County, to showcase what we believe is a true representation of the special terroir available to us on our doorstep. Only produced from exceptional lots, this gem of a wine is created in our cellar, where we make a house blend that allows these varietals to shine together in a special cuvee selection. By design, the varieties and blend vary from vintage to vintage, so each year is a unique tribute to the year in which it was created.
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.