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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2007
Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 99951)
The Wine News rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pinot Noir is a grape that must be grown in the right place. The "right places" in Sonoma County are the Russian River Valley and the Carneros district. Both regions are ideal for Pinot Noir because of cool growing conditions. When making the blend for this Sonoma County Pinot Noir, we prefer the backbone of the wine to be predominately Carneros while we use fruit from the Russian River Valley to heighten the blend. The majority of the Pinot Noir for this 2007 offering came from the Carneros region – mostly from the Benoist Ranch and Durell Vineyard – while 15% is from the Russian River Valley.

Youthful and inviting, this Pinot Noir displays lovely aromas of raspberry, cherry and plum as well as hints of rose and leather. The palate offers jammy fruit flavors and round tannins that give a creamy texture and a long fruit-driven finish.

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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."