Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2007
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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 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. "
The Wine Advocate
Light & Crisp
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.
Love it! Not to fruity and with a little buttery feel.
wine 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.
It 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
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.
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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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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
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