Vintage 2013
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Sonoma Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

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.

93 Points, Vinous Media

“The 2013 Chardonnay Reserve offers terrific depth and overall texture. Eighteen month in French oak gives the wine considerable resonance. Smoke, vanilla, tropical fruit, spice and butter flesh out as this bold, exuberant Chardonnay shows off its distinctive personality. About 50% of this fruit is from Robert Young.” Antonio Galloni, February 2016

Winemaking

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.

Vineyards

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.

 

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