Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 100200
  • white wine
  • RP92
  • WS92
  • WN92
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

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

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The nose of this Reserve Chardonnay offers splendid notes of yellow bananas, golden delicious apples, ripe pears, peaches and pineapple backed by hazelnut and vanillin extract notes. On the palate, this super rich, unctuous, finely textured wine begins with yellow stone fruit, guava, Bartlett pear flavors as well as the signature "crème brulee" flavor carried through a long, lush and lemony finish. In keeping with the history of this bottling, this wine is made by hand selecting the finest barrel Chardonnay lots based on the fruit intensity and texture. This impeccable Reserve, which continues to be a top-scoring wine year in, year out, has rapidly become a favorite for very demanding white wine drinkers. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014

Critical Acclaim

"Perfumed floral, honeysuckle and creamy oak join ripe pear and apple scents to give this elegant, full-bodied wine a complex and delicate aftertaste, turning smoky. Drink now through 2013. 4,600 cases made."
92 Points

"The most honeyed, evolved, and biggest of this quartet is the 2006 Chardonnay Reserve. Possessing loads of tropical fruit as well as buttered, smoky hazelnuts, good acidity, and a long finish, it should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years. -Robert M. Parker Jr."
92 Points

"Light lemon yellow hue. Light scents of lemon curd and honeydew. Soft and creamy showcasing flint and mineral impressions with a lemon-lime twist. Tart banana peel and light oak emerge in the finish with a generous backing of acidity and pleasant minerality."
92 Points

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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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Learn About Sonoma County

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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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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