Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2000
Premium grapes were selected from the finest vineyards in the Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley. This wine consists of Merlot (82%) blended with Cabernet Sauvignon (11%), Malbec (5%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Each component was aged separately for 12 months in French and American oak before blending.
Here is a merlot that excites…. full of vivid fruit flavors, it evidences satisfying depth and nuanced subtlety. Delicious now, it will be even better (because more complex) with a year or two of bottled age.
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.