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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 1996
Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 1996
(search item no. 52)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $22.04

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Belle Terre Chardonnay presents fruit aromas of pear and dried apricots on the nose with creamy buttery hints of smoky vanilla. On the palate, forward fruit flavors integrate with creamy oak flavors to a long melon finish. The grapes for this Chardonnay were grown on the Russian River in the Southern Alexander Valley. The terrain consists of gently rolling land with well-drained gravelly and sandy loam soils. Plantings of Old Wente and Wente Greenfield Chardonnay clones date from the early 1970s. Entirely free run juice was totally barrel-fermented and aged sur lie in small French oak cooperage for nine months. The majority of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation.
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About Chateau St. Jean:

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 of Sonoma makes him a master in highlighting the best of each vineyard. Chateau St. Jean was the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious "Wine of the Year" award from Wine Spectator for its 1996 Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style blend of "five varieties."