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Vintage 2015
Wine Type White
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Sonoma Coast
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren
Recognizing Sonoma County as an outstanding location in California wine country to grow exquisite Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren set her sights on finding the premier vineyards on the Sonoma Coast to craft a singularly focused and exquisite expression of these noble varieties. Le Seul, which loosely means “focus” or “the one and only,” is the culmination of Chateau St. Jean’s determination and pursuit in creating the finest expression of Pinot Noir in which the Sonoma region excels.

Tasting Notes

This third vintage of Chateau St. Jean’s Le Seul Pinot Noir offers inviting aromas of bright Bing cherry, strawberry and sweet baking spice notes of cinnamon and clove. The nose leads to a smooth and silky mouthfeel with flavors of Santa Rosa plum, cherry cola, hints of anise and a slight smoky tobacco leaf finish. The wine has a cool-climate structure with seamless tannins and bright acidity which lead to an elegant finish.

Vineyard Note

Chateau St. Jean’s third vintage of Le Seul Pinot Noir hails from the incredible Gap’s Crown and Sun Chase vineyards, both located in the Petaluma Gap area of Sonoma County.

The stunningly beautiful Gap’s Crown vineyard is located on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain and ranges in elevation from 300 to 840 feet. The vineyard is heavily influenced by cool ocean breezes and a natural fog pocket that stalls over the area allowing the fruit to ripen slowly over the course of the growing season. This results in perfect balance between sugar development and phenolic ripeness.

The Sun Chase vineyard is one of the most highly sought-after vineyards in the Petaluma Gap. The 248-acre vineyard is heavily influenced by cool ocean breezes as it sits above the fog line and these well-known winds reduce heat stress on the grapevines, allowing for slow and even maturation of the fruit.

Well-known and highly regarded Dijon clone 777 was selected as the exclusive clone for this wine. This Pinot Noir clone (#777) gives lush fruit and a seductive texture to the final wine.

Winemaker's Note

The Pinot Noir grapes were handled very gently from vineyard to winery. To start, the grapes underwent a three-day cold soak prior to fermentation. Following fermentation, the free run juice was drained and the new wine sent directly to barrel to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% French oak (62% new) before being assembled and bottled.