Vintage 2016
Varietal Malbec
Region Alexander Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

Chateau St. Jean makes its home in the heart of Sonoma, a region of dramatic diversity perfect for growing a wide variety of exceptional grapes. The Alexander Valley is one of Sonoma's oldest and warmest winegrowing regions with unique topography, climate and soils perfect for growing Malbec. This wine exhibits generous fruit flavors of blackberry, currant and notes of warm spice - all unique characteristics of the Alexander Valley.

Tasting Notes

Intensely deep purple in color with vibrant aromas of fresh blackberry compote, ripe plum and violet candy. The inviting aromas lead to a plush mid-palate with a juicy dark berry 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 beautiful baking spice and perfumed notes.

Vineyard Notes

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.

Vintage Notes

The extended drought caused concern as the 2016 growing season began, but welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January significant rainfall arrived in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, in mid-September. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter vintage of 2015, and the extended mild season helped balance the acids and add complexity to the fruit