This intensely flavored wine was made entirely from grapes from the Belle Terre Vineyard affected by Botrytis cinerea, the "Noble Rot" which produces the late harvest vines of the world. It exhibits aromas of apricot, citrus, and honey.
Intense aromas of ripe apricot, peach and lemon zest fill the nose of this rich dessert wine. A creamy and sweet entry is followed by nectarine, orange cream, and honey flavors. The wine is perfectly balanced with acidity and has a clean finish.
Belle Terre Vineyard, owned by the Dick Family, is located on the Russian River in southern Alexander Valley. Over the past three decades, the Dick Family has built a reputation as one of the premier grape growing families in the region.
Botrytis-affected wines are made from grapes affected by “Noble Rot” known as Botrytis cinereal. The grapes are hand-selected and then individually hand-sorted to choose only Botrytis-affected berries and partial clusters, specially processed and fermented in stainless steel to capture the unique unctuous sweetness of the fruit.
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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