This third 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 macerated fresh mixed berries, lavender perfume and brown spice notes. The nose of the wine rings true on the palate with pure fruit flavors of raspberry, boysenberry, spice and subtle black licorice. The wine is plush and well-balanced with tightly knit tannins and a lengthy finish.
This Merlot is blended with 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, also from the Louvau Vineyard, by selecting barrels with the greatest varietal focus and expression. The wine was fermented in small lots and aged for 15 months in roughly half American and half French oak barrels before being blended and bottled.