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Date Printed: 4/1/2015
Chateau St. Jean Merlot 1997
Chateau St. Jean Merlot 1997
(search item no. 45)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 4/1/2015: $21.14

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Chocolate, cherries, violets and sweet vanilla oak notes jump from the nose of this Merlot. On the palate, roasty tobacco, black fruit and spice flavors lead into round tannins that persist throughout a long finish. Over half of the blend came from Alexander and Knights Valley grapes, with their flavors of deep berry and round tannins. In the mid and southern regions, grapes grown in the cool Russian River and Sonoma Valleys contributed brighter cherry flavors. Approximately 6% Cabernet Franc was added for a lingering finish. Individual vineyard lots were aged separately for 14 months in French and American oak and then blended before bottling.
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About Chateau St. Jean:

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.