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Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren
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 the Sonoma Coast, where the Benoist Ranch sits close to San Pablo Bay in a Sonoma corner of Carneros.

Tasting Notes

Always a showy wine, with aromas of cherry and ripe brambleberries, accented with earth and herbs typical of this growing region. Vibrant, with bright acidity and flavors of black cherry, black tea and a touch of spice led by cloves and cinnamon.

Winemaking Notes

The Pinot Noir grapes were handled very gently from vineyard to winery. Fruit underwent a three-day cold soak prior to fermentation. Free run juice was drained and the new wine sent directly to barrel to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 16 months in 100% French oak (18% new) before being assembled, bottled and allowed an additional six months of age before release.

Vineyard Notes

Pinot Noir is a complex varietal and clones of this variable grape play an important role in expression. A trio of blocks (4D3, 4J, 6E-7) form the basis for this vintage. Benoist Ranch is tucked away in the far Northwest corner of Carneros. Its unique topography is ideally suited for Pinot Noir with its cool, maritime-influenced climate and rocky, volcanic soils.