Grapes for our Pinot Blanc were grown in Sonoma County's celebrated Alexander Valley. Partially barrel fermented in French oak, this wine shows a rich balance of floral, apple and melon flavors.
Record rainfall in winter and May showers filled the aquifers and refreshed soils while a cooler than normal spring slowed down growth. The summer was long, warm and even with very few extreme heat spikes allowing the grapes to ripen slowly while preserving freshness and aromas. The growing season ended on a high note with a mild September allowing a slightly longer hang-time for the grapes to develop full flavor and optimum balance.
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.