The 2013 Chateau St. Jean Reserve
Chardonnay offers complex aromas of
both sweet and savory notes including
lemon crème pie, nectarine and toasted
almond and spiced tea. The nose rings
true on the palate with layered flavors
of cantaloupe melon and mango,
lemon curd and baking spice. The well
structured wine is balanced with a warm,
rich texture and expressive acidity. The
finish is pure and lingers with a classic
lemon oil flavor that is a hallmark for the
Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay.
Classic winemaking techniques such as sur lie aging for 18 months are used for this wine. Each lot is kept separate throughout the winemaking process and aged in 100% French oak (21% new). A barrel selection from each lot is made to craft the final blend. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren prefers to give the Reserve Chardonnay a year of bottle age before it’s released.
The 2013 Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay is our 16th vintage of this wine. For this blend, we selected fruit from the critically acclaimed Robert Young Vineyard (58%) in the Alexander Valley and Cold Creek Ranch (16%) in the Sonoma Coast appellation along with supporting fruit from, Durell Vineyard (16%) in Sonoma Valley and finally, Belle Terre Vineyard (10%) also in the Alexander Valley.