Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Malbec
Region Sonoma Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

Chateau St. Jean’s Reserve wines are crafted by selecting the vineyard lots from throughout Sonoma County that offer the most generous fruit expression and the ability to age. Our line of Reserves wines includes incredible expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Malbec.

91 Points - Vinous

“The 2013 Malbec Reserve is one of the most distinctive wines in the range. Bold and expressive, the 2014 offers notable energy, but with a bit more reserve than is often the case. A range of savory and floral notes wrap around a core of varietal Malbec fruit in this super-appealing red from Chateau St. Jean.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2017

Tasting Notes

This 2013 Reserve Malbec offers bright aromas of boysenberry and blackberry fruit, subtle clove spice and a high-tone violet floral note. The inviting nose leads to a full, plush palate with powerful yet well-integrated and smooth tannins. Flavors of boysenberry jam, black cherry and spice are distinct on the palate. The wine is round with balanced acidity leading to a lengthy and flavorful finish.

Vineyard Notes

Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren has championed Malbec and believes the variety flourishes in Sonoma at selected sites.  It has become one of her favorite wines to bottle as a varietal. The Malbec for this wine comes from the Asti Vineyard in Alexander Valley at the northern end of Sonoma County as well as the St. Jean Estate vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley

Vintage Notes

Sonoma County experienced a near ideal growing season in 2013 – a season which was long and provided moderate temperatures for grapes to ripen at an optimal pace. The result is another high quality vintage offering outstanding fruit characteristic with balanced acidity, tannins, and sugar levels. The Malbec consistently ripened with a concentrated core of fruit balanced by bright acidity.  


Winemaking Notes

The Reserve Malbec was blended with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (6%) to round out the final blend. Individual lots of each variety were aged separately for 28 months exclusively in small French oak barrels with only 5% being new barrels. Barrel by barrel, each lot was tasted and the most outstanding Malbec barrels were selected and then blended with specific lots of Cabernet Sauvignon to complete the final wine.