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2016 Chateau St. Jean Reserve Syrah

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September 25, 2022 - $27



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Inky black fruit, cloves, leather, bittersweet chocolate and new French oak bring out the darker, more potent side of Syrah to great effect. The Reserve turns more savory and nuanced in the glass, as hints of lavender and pepper start to emerge.

93+ The Wine Advocate

...starts with a very savory nose of bacon fat, bouquet garni and black olives, giving way to a core of baked plums and blackberry preserves with touches of licorice and cracked black pepper. Full-bodied and full-on decadent, the palate bursts with black fruit and savory layers, framed by firm, rounded tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and spicy. Impressive!


United States, California, Sonoma County

Sonoma County is not an AVA, but it is a commonly used informal designation for wines made outside of more specific AVAs within Sonoma, which is a large wine producing region just west of Napa Valley. Though Sonoma is often overshadowed by its glamorous neighbor Napa Valley, it has a long history of wine production. The area specialized in jug wine until the mid-20th century, when Sonoma producers took a cue from Napa and started improving quality. Unlike Napa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is king, Sonoma specialized in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, though excellent Cabs are produced too. There are at present 16 AVAs within Sonoma County, and, like much of the West Coast of the United States, new AVAs are created in Sonoma County with regularity. Some Sonoma appellations, such as the Russian River Valley, are renowned for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.