2017 Chateau St. Jean Reserve Chardonnay, Sonoma County
The Reserve Chardonnay opens with aromas of fresh Meyer lemons and notes of toasted hazelnut. The flavors are complex and offer layers of lemon zest, subtle orange blossom, clove and cinnamon spice and a pleasant browned butter feature. Rich texture and vibrancy of fruit lead to a lingering finish with notes of vanilla and lemon oil.
Classic winemaking techniques such as sur lie aging are used in making this wine. Each lot is kept separate throughout the winemaking process and aged in French oak. A barrel selection from each lot is determined in the crafting of the final blend.
To craft the Reserve Chardonnay we select the most standout barrels from our different single vineyard programs. We select a combination of fruit from the Durrell, Robert Young, Gaps Crown, and Belle Terre Vineyards. The wine was aged in French oak. This chardonnay has ripe yellow apple and spiced pear characters, with some hazelnut and crème brulée from the oak.