Chateau St. Jean’s Reserve wines are crafted by selecting the vineyard lots from throughout Sonoma County that offer the most generous fruit expression and the ability to age. Our line of Reserves wines includes incredible expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Malbec.
“Made from 100% Syrah, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Syrah Reserve starts with a very savory nose of bacon fat, bouquet garni and black olives, giving way to a core of baked plums and blackberry preserves with touches of licorice and cracked black pepper. Full-bodied and full-on decadent, the palate bursts with black fruit and savory layers, framed by firm, rounded tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and spicy. Impressive! 774 cases were made.”Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 13th, 2020
”The 2016 Syrah Reserve is a big wine. Inky black fruit, cloves, leather, bittersweet chocolate and new French oak bring out the darker, more potent side of Syrah to great effect. The Reserve turns more savory and nuanced in the glass, as hints of lavender and pepper start to emerge. This powerhouse Syrah needs a bit of time in the decanter, as the tannins are imposing.”
This exemplary expression of Syrah entices with deeply saturated violet hues, evoking the Sonoma landscape with vivid aromas of lavender and iris, wild blueberries and plum jam, followed by subtle, intriguing notes of white pepper and game. Compact on entry, the wine is generous in black cherry and crushed berry fruit tinged with vanilla and cardamom, unfolding on the palate with luxurious texture, effortless harmony and long finish.
The extended drought caused concern as the 2016 growing season began, but welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January significant rainfall arrived in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter vintage of 2015, and the extended mild season helped balance the acids and add complexity to the fruit.
After primary fermentation, the wine was drained from the skins and sent to barrel to complete malolactic fermentation. Coopers were chosen to select barrels to frame and enhance the rich, jam-like fruit from the vineyards, helping to develop richness and integration with the oak components. The wine was aged 24 months in exclusively French oak with 41% of the barrels being new.
Margo Van Staaveren’s has been Winemaker for Chateau St. Jean since 2003 and has worked at the winery for over 40 harvests. She was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2008. During her long tenure with the winery, Margo has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury category.
|Oak Treatment||24 months in French oak, 41% new barrels|