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2017 Chateau St. Jean Merlot, Dry Creek Valley

2017 Chateau St. Jean Merlot, Dry Creek Valley

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SKU: 8002404

On the palate this wine shows soft, supple tannins with flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and vanilla, complemented by hints of clove, black peppercorn and tobacco. Balanced by its acidity, polished tannins and exotic oak, the wine shows a beautiful juxtaposition with contrasting flavors that work well to deliver a long and lingering finish. 

Crafted in an approachable California style from coastal vineyards, this beautifully balanced wine offers up ripe fruit aromas of fresh berry, red plum, and cherry leading to a palate filled with flavors of fresh berry pie, milk chocolate, and notes of black tea. Smooth tannins and a juicy mouthfeel.

Wine Specs

Vintage
2017
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Dry Creek Valley
Alcohol %
14.50

Vineyard Notes

An intensely wet winter saw severe flooding but after what had been a long drought, the rains did bring some benefits – namely rejuvenating the water content in the soils. After April, however, the weather completely dried up and temperatures began to significantly rise. By May, temperatures were unusually high but it was June when two extreme heatwaves struck which both accelerated ripening and caused some vines to shut down. Further heatwaves came July and August.