This 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.
This Dry Creek Valley Merlot opens with fragrant aromas of bramble berry mixed mountain berries, black raspberry, black plum with hints of a savory chaparral-like lavender perfume. The nose of the wine rings true on the palate with pure fruit flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry and mulberry, plus intriguing nuances of plum galette and subtle black licorice. The wine is plush and well-balanced with tightly knit tannins and a lengthy finish. It’s very reminiscent of a Minervois style of wine from the hills of Southern France.