This second vintage of Chateau St. Jean’s Dry Creek Valley Merlot is sourced from the Louvau Vineyard located on the Dry Creek Valley bench. The vineyard’s well-drained, and naturally restrictive soils force the vines to focus on producing concentrated fruit.
This Dry Creek Valley Merlot opens with vivid aromas of blackberry jam and perfume with subtle clove spice notes. The wine is elegant and plush with generous flavors of fresh berry compote and intriguing violet notes. The wine is well-balanced with polished tannins and a lengthy finish.
The 2013 vintage was a long and moderate growing season which allowed for gradual flavor development producing fruit with expressive flavors, deep concentration of color and natural acidity.
This Merlot is 100% varietal and is a blend of selected barrels with the greatest varietal focus and expression. The wine was fermented in small lots and aged for 16 months exclusively in French oak barrels before being blended and bottled.