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Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley is best known for the world-famous Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that thrive from the valley floor all the way up the rolling hillsides and mountain ridges. This is the fifth vintage of this wine from Chateau St. Jean and it captures the hallmark characteristics of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - rich, fleshy and voluptuous.
The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a bright and inviting nose with loads of fresh berry aromas; boysenberry, blackberry and baking spice notes. The nose leads to a plush and juicy, full mouthfeel filled with fresh berry jam and dark chocolate flavors. The wine is well-structured with a dense core of fruit and smooth tannins. The balanced acidity gives the wine a long, flavorful finish.
The fruit was selected from several vineyard sites throughout the Alexander Valley where Cabernet Sauvignon grows best including some of St. Jean’s traditional sources: Asti Vineyard, Treehouse Vineyard, Stuhlmuller Vineyard as well as Chambers & Hansen, and Belle Terre Vineyards.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with just a small amount of Merlot (7%). After a combination of open and closed-top fermentation, the wine was barreled to a blend of 63% French oak and 37% American oak, with about 40% overall in new oak. Following aging for 18 months in barrel, the wine was assembled and bottled.