Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
The nose of this Reserve Chardonnay offers splendid notes of yellow bananas, golden delicious apples, ripe pears, peaches and pineapple backed by hazelnut and vanillin extract notes. On the palate, this super rich, unctuous, finely textured wine begins with yellow stone fruit, guava, Bartlett pear flavors as well as the signature "crème brulee" flavor carried through a long, lush and lemony finish. In keeping with the history of this bottling, this wine is made by hand selecting the finest barrel Chardonnay lots based on the fruit intensity and texture. This impeccable Reserve, which continues to be a top-scoring wine year in, year out, has rapidly become a favorite for very demanding white wine drinkers. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014
Wine Spectator - "Perfumed floral, honeysuckle and creamy oak join ripe pear and apple scents to give this elegant, full-bodied wine a complex and delicate aftertaste, turning smoky. Drink now through 2013. 4,600 cases made."
The Wine Advocate - "The most honeyed, evolved, and biggest of this quartet is the 2006 Chardonnay Reserve. Possessing loads of tropical fruit as well as buttered, smoky hazelnuts, good acidity, and a long finish, it should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years. -Robert M. Parker Jr."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Light lemon yellow hue. Light scents of lemon curd and honeydew. Soft and creamy showcasing flint and mineral impressions with a lemon-lime twist. Tart banana peel and light oak emerge in the finish with a generous backing of acidity and pleasant minerality."
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Chateau St. Jean Winery
Founded in 1973 in the Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery. Chateau St. Jean produces an extensive portfolio of Sonoma County wines as well as vineyard designated wines, limited production Reserve wines, and the flagship Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her more than 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to continue the tradition of highlighting the best of each vineyard site to produce exceptional wines. Chateau St. Jean was the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious “Wine of the Year” award from Wine Spectator Magazine for its 1996 Cinq Cépages, a Bordeaux style blend of “five varieties” and has long been recognized as a leader in vineyard designated wines. View all Chateau St. Jean Wines
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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 Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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