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Vintage 2014
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Sonoma Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

The 2014 Chateau St. Jean Reserve Chardonnay offers complex aromas of both sweet and savory notes including lemon crème pie, nectarine and toasted almond and spiced tea. The nose rings true on the palate with layered flavors of cantaloupe melon and mango, lemon curd and baking spice. The well structured wine is balanced with a warm, rich texture and expressive acidity. The finish is pure and lingers with a classic lemon oil flavor that is a hallmark for the Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay.

Winemaking

Classic winemaking techniques such as sur lie aging for 18 months are used for this wine. Each lot is kept separate throughout the winemaking process and aged in 100% French oak (21% new). A barrel selection from each lot is made to craft the final blend. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren prefers to give the Reserve Chardonnay a year of bottle age before it’s released.

Vineyards

The 2014 Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay is our 17th vintage of this wine. For this blend, we selected fruit from the critically acclaimed Robert Young Vineyard in the Alexander Valley and Cold Creek Ranch in the Sonoma Coast appellation along with supporting fruit from, Durell Vineyard in Sonoma Valley and finally, Belle Terre Vineyard also in the Alexander Valley.

 

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