Chateau St. Jean has a long history of crafting expressive Pinot Noir from various regions throughout Sonoma County. This passion for excellence in Pinot Noir has led Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren to one of the most revered appellations for Sonoma County Pinot Noir; Russian River Valley.
Pinot Noir is a complex varietal and clones of this variable grape play an important role in expression. For this vintage of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Margo selected fruit featuring the Dijon clone 777 (15%) and clone 828 (85%). Clone 777 originated in the Morey St Denis region of the Cote d’Or, and features small concentrated berries and small clusters with strong and intense color and aroma. Burgundian clone 828 arrived as a “suitcase” clone, brought from France surreptitiously. The clone is known for fruit with medium size, intense and fruity, round and full with good aging potential.