Posts Tagged Chateau St. Jean

Nectar of the Gods: Chateau St. Jean Dessert Wines

By Glen Frederiksen There was a time, around two decades ago, when the majority of Late Harvest dessert wines made in California simply didn’t stack up well alongside the dessert wines of the rest of the world. Labor intensive, difficult to... Read more

1999 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

More than 14 years after it was made, this iconic Sonoma County dessert wine has taken on a Sauterne-like quality, lighter in the mouth than more recent vintages, kept fresh by its still-present acidity. Nearly identical in color to a sister... Read more

2006 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

Brilliant deep amber in hue, this unctuous yet vibrant elixir offers oodles of concentrated, honeyed apricot in the nose, with whiffs of pine forest and orange zest. A crème brulee-like texture coats the mouth, adding a kiss of vanilla to the... Read more

2008 Chateau St. Jean Merlot Reserve, Sonoma County

The hue is an opaque dark ruby/purple. The winery holds off release of this blockbuster Merlot until five years after vintage, something unheard of among the other California producers. The reason is clear – it is a big, concentrated red. Forward... Read more

2009 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Opaque purple/black color with violet glints. Polished aromas of cedar, mocha, and eucalyptus/mint lead to a solid concentration of black plum and currant fruit. More open and ready to drink than the 2010 vintage. Enjoy over the next 10 to 15... Read more

2010 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Opaque purple/black. Newly released, this is a young bruiser of a red. Perfumed scents of mocha, cinnamon, vanilla, tobacco leaf and clove frame a solid core of primary, dark, extracted fruit aromas and flavors. Mouth-filling, then a stiff spine of... Read more

2011 Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir Reserve, Sonoma County

Nearly opaque dark ruby color. A big style of Pinot Noir, it sports aromas and flavors of cola, cinnamon/clove, strawberry compote, black raspberry, and black tea. Its feminine side comes through with a sleek palate entry, picking up a moderate,... Read more

2010 Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Chardonnay Reserve, Alexander Valley

Only the best barrels of Chardonnay find their way into this ultra-premium bottling. Medium straw in color. Pretty aromas of butter and spice lead to lemon and apple fruit. It shows good breadth on the palate, finishing with a long kiss of crème... Read more

2011 Chateau St. Jean Fumé Blanc, Lyon Vineyard, Alexander Valley

Light straw color. Grassy, herbal nose that shows melon, stone fruit, white flowers, and citrus blossom. It is clean and vibrant in the mouth, with juicy fruit that begs for the next sip. MSRP: $22 (November 2013) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

Return to Chateau St. Jean

By Glen Frederiksen During last month’s whirlwind tour of Napa and Sonoma, I felt like I had missed out on many of the best wines that Chateau St. Jean has to offer. The winery makes an outstanding line-up of reserve-level wines. This time... Read more