Cradled in a Chateau St. Jean gift box, this 2-Bottle gift set includes one bottle of each: 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir, and 2015 Reserve Chardonnay. This is an ideal gift for those who enjoy red and white wines.
The 2015 Chateau St. Jean Reserve Chardonnay offers complex aromas of Meyer lemon, fresh ginger, toasted almonds and baking spice. The nose rings true on the palate with layered flavors of Crenshaw melon, lemon curd and hints of brioche toast. The well structured wine is broad and balanced with a warm, rich texture and vibrant acidity. The long, flavorful finish shows a classic lemon verbena flavor that is a hallmark for the Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay.
Classic winemaking techniques such as sur lie aging for 17 months are used for this wine. Each lot is kept separate throughout the winemaking process and aged in 100% French oak (43% new). Specific barrels are selected from each lot to craft the final blend. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren prefers to give the Reserve Chardonnay a year of bottle age before it’s released.
.Chateau St. Jean’s Reserve wines are crafted by selecting the vineyard lots throughout Sonoma County offering the most generous fruit expression and the ability to age. This 2015 Reserve bottling is a blend of Pinot Noir from vineyards in Russian River Valley as well vineyards from Sonoma Coast. The grapes from these vineyards provide structure and fine-grained tannins, along with beautifully concentrated fruit flavors.
Gentle fruit handling is paramount to great Pinot Noir production. Cap management and cold soaking are also key parts of the equation. Cold soaking before fermentation allows for the extraction of more color and flavor from this relatively thin-skinned grape. We utilize both open and closed top fermenters for our Pinot Noir, focusing on careful movement of the cap. This regime results in the best extraction of color, flavor and tannins from the skin.
Each lot is assessed and individual barrels are tasted, and those barrels that show the greatest intensity are kept aside for the Reserve bottling. After barrel aging in French oak, the final selection is determined and the blend is assembled. Bottled unfined, this wine receives additional bottle age before its release.