Alexander Valley is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that thrive from the valley floor all the way up the rolling hillsides and mountain ridges. The gravelly loam soils straddling the Russian River also encourage other varietals like Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to flourish. This vintage of from Chateau St. Jean and it captures the hallmark characteristics of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - rich, fleshy and voluptuous.
“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is a blend of 95.6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4.4% Merlot and was aged for 20 months in French oak, 39% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it opens with dark fruit notes of baked plums, warm cassis and boysenberries plus hints of chargrill, menthol and mocha. The full-bodied palate is coated with black berry preserves and loads of minty sparks, framed by grainy tannins and finishing with a refreshing lift. 885 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
”The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is a potent, heady wine. Blackberry jam, chocolate, incense, leather and spice wrap around the palate. This opulent, exotic Cabernet Sauvignon offers tons of immediacy and sheer appeal. The richness of the vintage and this site yield an unctuous, creamy Cabernet Sauvignon built on texture.” - Antonio Galloni, January 2021
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.