Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2007
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
This Reserve Chardonnay opens with inviting aromas of lemon cream pie, Bartlett pear and nectarine. Unctuous notes of creamy lemon bar, mango and mandarin orange are layered with subtle hints of vanilla and clove. The wine is well-balanced and lively with a solid structure and creamy texture. The wine finishes with hints of vanilla and lemon oil.
The Wine Advocate - "The most expensive effort, a selection of the estate’s finest barrels, is the 2007 Chardonnay Reserve. This wine appears to be more monolithic, but it may just need another 6-12 months of bottle age. It is unquestionably an outstanding Chardonnay offering up notes of tropical fruits, spicy, smoky oak, earth, citrus oil, and poached pear. Medium to full-bodied as well as structured, it should drink well for 2-4 years. "
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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5 ratings, 5 with reviewsRed w/Attitude - Miami, FL54/8/2011
Great Chardonnay! Pear, lime on the nose. Not too oaky, not too buttery, not too fruity - just right!! Nicely balanced, crisp & smooth. Tons of tropical fruit on the palate. Lingering finish with a mixture of minerals, vanilla, with just a hint of spice. Delicious...would definitely buy again!! Highly recommend.awu - Brecksville, OH16/30/2011
- Light & Crisp
I must have gotten a bad case. the 2007 tastes like it was finished in a fireplace. The smoky taste is overwhelming, and is difficult to drink. i'm going to let it sit for a while before pouring it out.William Mayes - Richmond, VA43/5/2011wine was very good but it should be priced at around $12.99 . I put a bottle dow and will check it again in a couple of years.Sherri Sprinkle - Abingdon, VA53/3/2011Love it! Not to fruity and with a little buttery feel.Ross Sears - Missouri City, TX43/3/2011It is pleasant to the nose but does not hint of the velvety taste of this golden jewel. I would rate this wine a 92 compared to many other Chardonneys I have tasted. It has a hint of pear and is very smooth to the palate.
- Rich & Creamy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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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