Vintage 2016
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Sonoma Coast
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren
The pursuit of creating the finest expression of Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast has lead us to craft a wine that is singularly focused on this variety. From the intensive vineyard and fruit selection to winemaking which reveals true finesse, this Chateau St. Jean Le Seul wine is created from the impassioned vision to showcase the allure of Pinot Noir.

Tasting Notes

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 elegant finish.

Vineyard Notes

Chateau St. Jean’s third vintage of Le Seul Pinot Noir hails from the incredible Gap’s Crown and Sun Chase vineyards, both located in the Petaluma Gap area of Sonoma County. The vineyard is heavily influenced by cool ocean breezes and a natural fog pocket that stalls over the area allowing the fruit to ripen slowly over the course of the growing season. This results in perfect balance between sugar development and phenolic ripeness. The 248-acre vineyard is heavily influenced by cool ocean breezes as it sits above the fog line and these well-known winds reduce heat stress on the grapevines, allowing for slow and even maturation of the fruit. Well-known and highly regarded Dijon clone 777 was selected as the exclusive clone for this wine. This Pinot Noir clone (#777) gives lush fruit and a seductive texture to the final wine.

 

Vintage Notes

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.     

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. 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.

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