2011 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon
Blackberry fruit and clove spice aromas standout in this 2011 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose leads to a well-structured wine with a vivid fruit core of dark berry fruit flavors and subtle vanilla crème. The full-bodied palate has smooth tannins and a very pleasant, flavorful finish.
The 2011 vintage may be one for the record books - an incredibly challenging growing season that tested vineyard managers and Winemakers alike. The season was cool and wet at times, but despite the challenges with the weather the extreme care and decisions made in the vineyards secured the overall quality. For this bottling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot grapes were drawn from vineyards in Knights Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Sonoma Valley appellations to craft this superior Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine consists of Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Cabernet Franc (9%), Petit Verdot (3%) and Merlot (2%). After a combination of open and closed-top fermentation, the wine was barreled down for 18 months in mostly French oak (96%) and some American oak (4%) with about half of the total oak being new oak barrels. Once the final barrel selection was made, the wine was assembled and bottled.
- Cabernet Sauvignon: 86%
- Cabernet Franc: 9%
- Petit Verdot: 3%
- Merlot: 2%
Barrel Aging: 18 Months French & American oak
Alcohol %: 13.8