Vintage 2014
Varietal Malbec
Region Alexander Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley is well known for its highly distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that thrive from the valley floor all the way up the rolling hillsides and mountain ridges. But there is another variety that also thrives in this same area, Malbec. This unique Alexander Valley Malbec from Chateau St. Jean captures the opulent nature of this variety - bold, fleshy and voluptuous.

Wine Advocate - 91 Points

"Containing just a splash (6%) of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Malbec Alexander Valley has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of blackberry pie, preserved plums, spice box and licorice with hints of violets and sautéed herbs. Full-bodied and densely packed with spicy black fruit preserves, it has a solid frame of chewy tannins and a long, perfumed finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes

The 2014 Alexander Valley Malbec is an intensely deep purple color in the glass with vibrant aromas of fresh berry compote, ripe plum and violet candy. The inviting aromas lead to a plush mid-palate with a juicy fruit core with flavors of plum and bright boysenberry. The wine has a firm structure with well-balanced acidity giving it lift. The wine offers a long and exceedingly flavorful finish with notes of smoked meats and spice.

Vineyards & Vintage

Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren has championed Malbec and believes the variety flourishes in Sonoma County at selected sites. It has become one of her favorite varieties to work with and bottle. The Malbec for this wine comes from the Asti Vineyard in the most northern part of the Alexander Valley.

The 2014 growing season was long and moderate producing rich, flavorful wines with balanced acidity. The Malbec fruit enjoyed the long hang time the season offered as well as the bright sunshine over the course of the dry summer. The resulting fruit that came into the winery had deep color, concentrated flavors and ripe tannins.

Winemaking Note

The Alexander Valley Malbec was blended with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (6%) to round out the final blend. The Malbec was aged for 16 months exclusively in small French oak barrels (43% new). Following aging, the wine was assembled, bottled and allowed to rest in the bottle an additional 5 months before release.