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Hypnotic aromas of bittersweet chocolate and black cherries lead to a plush entry filled with notes of blackberry, raspberry and hints of freshly ground coffee. A wine with solid structure, this Reserve Merlot is highly accessible at release time, and is built to age gracefully with cellaring.
This Reserve wine consists of Merlot (84%) blended with Malbec (9%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Individual lots of each varietal were aged separately for three years in small, 100% French oak barrels (100% new) from select coopers. After 36 months of oak aging, barrel by barrel, each lot was tasted and the most outstanding barrels were selected and blended.
The Reserve wines from Chateau St. Jean are styled to showcase the best of Sonoma County. Our estate vineyard in Kenwood comprises 40% of this blend. Located in the Sonoma Valley at the foot of Sugar Loaf Ridge, Chateau St. Jean is a 250-acre estate with 90 acres planted to wine grapes. Planted from 1988-1995, the St. Jean Estate Merlot comprises 24 acres of bench land fruit while the St. Jean Estate Cabernet Franc (5%) is located just in front of the Chateau and the Petit Verdot (2%) is located on the mountain behind the winery. Additional sourcing for this wine came from the Cornerstone Vineyard in the Russian River and the Asti Vineyard in Alexander Valley.