Grapes for our Pinot Blanc were grown in Sonoma County's celebrated Robert Young Vineyard in Alexander Valley. Partially barrel fermented in French oak, this wine shows a rich balance of floral, apple and melon flavors.
In the glass, pale lemon colored and unctuous. On the nose, tropical notes of melon, mango, and citrus notes of Meyer lemon and a hint of meringue. Alexander Valley being a warmer climate in the Sonoma Region, it aligns that this Pinot Blanc would have fuller tropical fruit flavors which imparts a “warmness” to the wine. On the palate, citrus flavors shine and intertwine with the mango notes. Bracing acidity helps to balance out the fruit notes, and the malolactic fermentation helps to create a wonderful mouthfeel, also imparting a hint of almond flavor. A nice long finish helps keep the wine front of mind between sips. Drink now or over the next year or two.
A near perfect season, welcomed after several tense vintages, began with abundant February rains followed by drying sun and weather that allowed for even flowering and bud break. The slightly later start was followed by consistently ideal weather, with harvest later in September, resulting in fruit with great flavor and complexity.
Fermented primarily in stainless steel to retain freshness and crisp acidity, some of the wine is barrel fermented in French Oak and aged sur lie for nine months to add complexity, texture and a touch of richness to the final wine. A large portion of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation.
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.