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Vintage 2014
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.  

The Reserve Malbec was blended with a small amount of Merlot (5%) to round out the  final  blend.  Individual  lots  of  each  variety  were  aged  separately  for  28  months  exclusively in small French oak barrels (47% new). Barrel by barrel, each lot was tasted and the most outstanding Malbec barrels were selected and then blended with specific lots of Merlot to complete the final wine. 

94 Points, Vinous

“The 2014 Malbec Reserve is another highlight in this range from Chateau St. Jean. Super-ripe dark cherry, chocolate, leather, spice and menthol are all given an extra kick of textural intensity in this flamboyant wine. Drink it over the next handful of years.” - Antonio Galloni

Tasting Note

This 2014 Reserve Malbec opens with vivid aromas of fresh blackberry and black currant, followed by hints of clove and a high-tone violet floral note. The inviting nose leads to lush palate with powerful yet smooth tannins. Flavors of blackberry pie, black cherry and sweet baking spices are distinct on the full-bodied palate. The wine is round and plush with balanced acidity leading to a long, flavorful finish.

Vineyard Note

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 Note

The beautiful 2014 growing season resulted in wines with great depth of flavor, intense color and excellent balance. The Malbec consistently ripened with a concentrated core of fruit balanced by bright acidity.