Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Region Dry Creek Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vineyard Notes

Dry Creek Valley, one of the smallest AVAs in size (16 miles long by 2 miles wide) is home to over 9,000 acres of vineyards that cover the valley floor, benchland and hillsides. With a grape growing history going back 140 years, Dry Creek Valley is ideally situated for winegrapes. Bordered by Lake Sonoma in the north and the confluence of Dry Creek and the Russian River to the south, the valley is classified as a Region II climate for grape growing (similar to Bordeaux region in France).     

Vintage Notes

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.

Winemaking Notes

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.