2007 Chateau St. Jean ChardonnayRobert Young Vineyard
The famous Robert Young Vineyard is located in the north central Alexander Valley. The Chardonnay plantings are in alluvial clay soils. Robert Young saw an opportunity to custom tailor a Chardonnay clone that was best suited for his vineyard site. Using the best selection from his original plantings of the Wente clone, Robert Young had his “Robert Young Clone” certified in 1989.
Several blocks of Chardonnay were harvested individually on different days. Each block and harvest day was kept separate throughout the winemaking process. Classic winemaking techniques, including barrel fermentation and sur lie aging in small French oak cooperage (60% new) for 14 months, were used. The barrels were tasted, and those with great fruit intensity and texture were selected by Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren to create this Chardonnay. In keeping with the 32-year history of this bottling, this wine was made in a non-malolactic style.
Fresh aromas of yellow stone fruit, lemon zest and hints of honeysuckle and vanilla introduce the nose of this single vineyard Chardonnay. A medium-bodied entry fills the mouth with notes of melon, clove and wet stone minerality and ends with a lasting lemon oil finish. The wine has a creamy texture with bright acidity, making this an excellent food wine.
Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | February 28, 2010
A non-malolactic effort they have been producing for thirty years…it is tighter-knit than the Belle Terre, offering hints of white citrus and quince, a steely character, and lots of minerality and crispness…the Robert Young offers impressive levels of concentration and rich fruit. As the wine sits in the glass, a note of white peach also emerges. This cuvee will benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and should keep for 6-7 years.
Wine News | Lyn Farmer and John Stroker | September, October and November 2009
Pretty scents of white flowers, mineral and citrus. Butterscotch impressions on entry followed by tasty vanilla and apple flavors. Tart grapefruit and well-integrated mineral notes join spicy overtones in the close.
Harvest Dates: September 5-19, 2007
Harvest Sugar: 25.0° Brix
Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100 ml
Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
Bottled: January 2009
Release: July 2009
Case Production: 7,389 cases