Chateau St. Jean's Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of the most interesting attributes of different Pinot Noir clones. For the 2016 vintage, we have blended the seductive textures of Clone 777 with the assertive dark fruit and earthy qualities of clone 828 to produce a Pinot Noir with elegant complexity and depth of flavor. Supple, silky tannins support layers of black cherry, spice and floral notes.
The Chateau St. Jean Russian River Valley Pinot Noir offers earthy aromas of dusty red cherry fruit, and spiced tobacco box, followed by an intriguing rosewater note. The inviting aromas lead to a generous, juicy palate where the red fruit flavors ring true and are underpinned by baking spice notes of cinnamon and clove as well as hints of forest floor, earth and a slight minerality. The wine has a pleasing mouthfeel with silky smooth tannins and a long and persistent finish.
The Russian River Valley is a diverse appellation. The grapes for this wine were selected from the Hallberg vineyard located outside of Sebastopol. The vineyard is managed by Kirk Lokka who is committed to growing the finest Pinot Noir possible. The vineyard is unique with Goldridge sandy-loam soils and enjoys beautiful sunny afternoon weather tempered by fog and cooling coastal breezes.
The Pinot Noir grapes were handled very gently from vineyard to winery. To start, the grapes underwent a three day cold soak prior to fermentation. Following fermentation, the free run juice was drained and the new wine sent directly to barrel to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 15 months in 100% French oak (approximately 70% new) before being assembled, bottled and allowed an additional six months of age before release.