Chateau St Jean
Chateau St Jean was founded in 1973 and is one of the most recognizable Sonoma Valley wineries. The winery sources many of its grapes from some of the best vineyards in Sonoma County. They are most famous for Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, but produce many other varietals.
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Chateau St Jean sources grapes from all over Sonoma County and produces an extensive list of wines. Over the past decade, the Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon has consistently been one of the best Cabs from Sonoma. In addition, few wineries offer Chardonnay at a better value.
The winery’s fame is largely due to the Chateau St Jean 2001 Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a masterpiece of a wine that doesn’t cut any corners. Add to this craftsmanship the great 2001 vintage, and results are an enviable Sonoma wine. The finish is extraordinary.
Their more affordable Cab is the Chateau St Jean 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon. It was blended with a touch of Merlot and Cabernet Franc for balance and complexity. Each of these varietals was independently oak aged for 18 months. The bouquet offers a lot to the senses.
The Chateau St Jean 2001 Merlot is made with grapes sourced from all over Sonoma County. Contributing vineyards are located in Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley. Each adds different facets to a tasty wine.
A winery with the skill of Chateau St Jean has no problem corralling the notoriously fickle into something special. On top of this, the Chateau St Jean 2002 Pinot Noir is priced right. Grapes are sourced from the Carneros and Russian River Valley AVAs.
The Chateau St Jean 2002 Fume Blanc has a slightly herbal nose that is complemented with ripe melon and citrus. Grapes from the Russian River Valley give the wine its lighter characteristics. Fruit from the Alexander Valley imparts a bit of opulence.