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.
”The 2018 Pinot Noir Reserve was aged for 18 months in French oak, 83% new. Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, it has a great intensity of kirsch, warm cranberries and raspberry preserves-inspired scents with nuances of lilacs, chocolate box and spice cake plus a waft of oolong tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with red and black berry layers, supported by finely grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and layered. 270 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
“Ripe-blueberry, raspberry, mushroom and oyster-shell aromas. It’s medium-to full-bodied with powdery tannins and a savory, saline finish. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, January 2021
”The 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma County Reserve is a dark, powerful wine. Ripe red/purplish fruit, mocha, leather, rose petal and cedar are all kicked up a few notches in the Reserve. A Pinot of breadth and resonance, the 2018 is showy, but also quite backward. I would cellar it for at least a handful of years. The Reserve is a blend from Grace Benoist, Gap's Crown and Hallberg.” - Antonio Galloni, January 2021
A touch floral on the nose, flavors lead with notes of strawberry and dark black cherry, along with ripe plums and raspberry. Mineral notes are joined by black tea, baking spice and cardamom. Medium to full bodied, there is solid acidity and evident tannin. The wine is well-structured, leading to a lingering, notable finish.
A near perfect season, welcomed after several tense vintages, began with abundant February rains followed by drying sun and weather that allowed for even flowering and bud break. The slightly later start was followed by consistently ideal weather.
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.
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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