Vintage 2008
Wine Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

This hallmark Reserve Merlot from Chateau St. Jean is an exceptional wine. The wine is loaded with enticing dark fruit aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and plum. The fruit aromas are given depth by notes of clove, baking spice and mocha. The seductive palate has layers of flavors varying from black fruit to dusty, cocoa powder. The wine is well-structured with incredibly smooth tannins and a rich, mouth-filling texture. As with previous bottlings, this 2008 vintage will reward with several years of cellaring.

Harvest Dates Sept. 10-Oct. 14, 2008   Harvest Sugar 25.7 Brix  Total Acidity 0.58 g/100ml pH 3.62

Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Bottles in Case: 6

Tasting Note

This hallmark Reserve Merlot wine from Chateau St. Jean is an exceptional wine. The enticing dark fruit aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and plum are given depth by notes of clove spice and mocha. The rich palate has layers of flavors varying from ripe black fruit to dusty, dark chocolate. The wine is well-structured with incredibly smooth tannins and a lush, mouth-filling texture. As with previous bottlings, this 2008 vintage will reward with several years of cellaring.

 

Vineyards

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. For this bottling, the majority of the Merlot was sourced from the Newman Vineyard in Knights Valley as well as the Cornerstone Vineyard in Russian River Valley. The Malbec came from the Chateau St. Jean Estate vineyard here in Kenwood. We also blended in just a touch of Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaking

The Reserve Merlot is aged for two years in small, 100% French oak barrels from select coopers. The wine was then assembled, by tasting and selecting the most outstanding Merlot lots, and aged in barrels (100% new) for a third year. The wine spent an additional year in the bottle before release.

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