Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Sonoma Coast
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

This Pinot Noir hails from the famed Sonoma Coast AVA. Grown in a cool-climate region offers Pinot Noir grapes that are rich in concentration and offer a distinctive Sonoma style.


This Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Coast wine is 100% Pinot Noir and displays the hallmark aromas of red cherry, strawberry, black tea and notes of tanned leather. The inviting aromas lead to a juicy palate where the red fruit flavors ring true along with touches of allspice. The generous core of fruit is balanced with the bright acidity you would expect from a cooler climate.

Tasting Notes

The wine offers the hallmark Pinot Noir aromas of red cherry, strawberry and black tea notes. The vivid aromas lead to a juicy, plush palate with loads of fruit flavor and gentle hints of clove spice. The rich fruit is balanced with the bright acidity you would expect from a cooler climate expression, leaving a long and flavorful finish.

Vineyard Notes

The grapes for this wine were selected from seven distinct blocks in the famed Grace Benoist Ranch, firmly in the Sonoma Coast region of Sonoma County. Sonoma Coast obtained its AVA status in 1985 and the area extends from San Pablo Bay to the border of Mendocino County. The region is unique and well-known for its cool climate due to its close proximity to both San Pablo and San Francisco Bays, which moderate temperatures.

Winemaking Notes

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. After fermentation, the free run juice was drained and sent to barrel to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 14 months in 100% French oak (41% new) before being allowed to gain further complexity in bottle for another year.