This third vintage of Chateau St. Jean’s Le Seul Pinot Noir offers inviting aromas of
bright Bing cherry, strawberry and sweet baking spice notes of cinnamon and clove.
The nose leads to a smooth and silky mouthfeel with flavors of Santa Rosa plum,
cherry cola, hints of anise and a slight smoky tobacco leaf finish. The wine has a
cool-climate structure with seamless tannins and bright acidity which lead to an
The extended drought caused concern as the 2016 growing season began, but welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January significant rainfall arrived in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter vintage of 2015, and the extended mild season helped balance the acids and add complexity to the fruit.
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 18 months in 100% French oak (62%
new) before being assembled and bottled.