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Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2003

Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2003

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

Price: $19.29
Item No. 89036
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Winemaker's Notes

Blend: 88% Merlot, 12% Malbec

Premium grapes were selected from the finest vineyards in the Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley, Knights Valley, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek and Carneros to craft the best Sonoma County Merlot. The Alexander Valley grapes highlight bright cherry flavors, while the Knights Valley and Dry Creek Valleys give cassis flavors and elegant structure. The Sonoma Valley produces black and dense grapes with supple tannins. The last components - the cooler Russian River Valley and Carneros regions - contribute black, exotic aromas and firm structure.

"This Merlot opens with a huge burst of violets, lavender, ripe plums, lovely blueberry, cherry and cassis scents. Spicy oak and polished tannins even the balance in this lush, rich Merlot that pulls up bittersweet chocolate and finishes with cedar and black cherry fruit notes."
-Margo Van Staaveren, Winemaker

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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...

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