2012 Chateau St. Jean ViognierSt. Jean Estate Vineyard
Aromas of ripe stone fruit, guava and fresh jasmine flowers lead to an equally pleasing medium-bodied mouthfeel. The palate is filled with lush flavors of melon, peach and nectarine. This viscous wine reveals the distinctive characters of the Viognier variety. A nice core of acidity and floral spice notes linger on the long finish.
Winery Exclusive: This release is available only at the Chateau St. Jean Visitors Center or on our online wine shop.
Located in the Sonoma Valley at the foot of Sugar Loaf Ridge, Chateau St. Jean is a 250-acre estate with 90 acres planted to wine grapes. The St. Jean Estate vineyard includes a very small site planted to Viogoier, and the wine is produced in limited quantities only during those vintages that yield superior fruit.
After harvest, the grapes were whole cluster pressed and the majority of the juice (78%) was tank fermented to retain the fruit-forward flavors. The balance of the blend was fermented and aged for 9 months in seasoned French oak barrels. The intent for our Viognier is to allow the classic varietal fruit flavors to show through a framework of subtle oak.
Sugar: 26.6° Brix
Bottling Date: July 2013
Alcohol %: 14.8