Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

$45.00 $27.99
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Item No. 98382
  • white wine
  • WE94
  • WS92
  • RP92
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

Chateau St. Jean's Reserve wines are crafted by selecting the vineyard lots from throughout Sonoma County that offer the most generous fruit expression and the ability to age. The 2005 Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay is our 9th vintage of this wine. For this blend, we selected fruit from the critically acclaimed Robert Young Vineyard (54%) and Belle Terre Vineyard (19%) in the Alexander Valley along with Durell Vineyard (16%) in Sonoma Valley and Cold Creek Vineyard (11%) in Carneros.

This medium-bodied Reserve Chardonnay opens with inviting aromas of lemon citrus, mango and fig. Unctuous notes of creamy lemon bar and papaya are layered with subtle hints of hazelnut and clove. The well-balanced acidity and complexity of flavors lead to a long finish with hints of vanilla and lemon oil.

Critical Acclaim

"The winery’s reserve Chard has consistently been the best among their five Chards. The ’05 is a dramatic wine, although oak-o-phobes might find it toothpicky. It is smoky and buttery and caramelly, but a year or so should knit that together with the ripe tropical fruits and make the wine seamlessly complex. "
94 Points

"Honey, fig, butterscotch and melon get a nice smoky, toasty oak edge. Holds onto a tight core of smoky, fruity flavors that give this an exotic yet elegant mouthfeel. Drink now through 2011. 4,029 cases made."
92 Points

"Offering loads of tangerine oil, lemon blossom, pineapple, and brioche characteristics, the 2005 Chardonnay Reserve is a full-bodied, dense, fruit-laden effort that will provide pleasure over the next 3-4 years."
92 Points

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I like creamy finished chardonnays with a little oak and this fits the bill. lots of upfront fruit flavors as well as the butterscotch sinsation and smooth texture. I would not think of this wine to go with a crisp salad but is great with grilled shrimp,garlic
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COLOCR: Medium to dark with gold and toasty hues NOSE: Warm tropical fruit with some nutmeg TASTE: Sweet with slate and nutmeg standing out. Nutty and toasty, with signs of maturity. Solid tart fruit is not complex. Overll, concentrated and interesting with a slightly tart dry finish. Drinking well now but showing some age. [12-2009]
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Loved this chardonnay. Very buttery smooth. Wonderful with chicken dishes.
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Full of oak and blushing with a buttery flavor to make you yearn to open a 2nd bottle, 2005 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Counry Reserve is a great fit into any Chard collection
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jeff b - Southampton, PA (read all my reviews)

Nice wine...smooth...but the oak overwhelmed the fruit and it became a bit too much. If you are an old-school Cali Oak will love this one. If you are a new school type Cali Chard may feel like you have been gnawing on a popsicle stick.
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aboykin - Baton Rouge, LA (read all my reviews)

Nice bottle of wine, enjoyed it with my seafood salad. Found it a bit hard to drink without a meal.
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This wine shows a sweet honey nose, and plenty of citrus on the palate. Unfortunately it all gets overshadowed by the oak. It's like ignoring the 500 lb gorilla in the room. It is an oak wine with hints of fruit.
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Learn About Chateau St. Jean Map ItMap It

Chateau St. Jean is a winemaking estate located at the foot of the Sugarloaf Ridge in Sonoma Valley near Kenwood, California. Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in Vineyard Designated wines. Winemaker Steve Reeder has built a reputation for making wines of power and elegance. With over 20 years of vineyard and winemaking experience, his knowledge...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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