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2015 Chateau St. Jean Reserve Malbec

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January 17, 2021 - $36



94James Suckling

A tight and linear malbec with firm and silky tannins and wonderful freshness. Full-to medium-bodied, focused and long with an energetic finish. I really enjoy the compressed nature of this.

93Vinous / IWC

Floral, savory and earthy nuances add complexity to a core of expressive Malbec fruit. Dark raspberry, pomegranate, mint, blood orange and gravel are some of the many notes that run through this classy, substantial red from Chateau St. Jean.

91The Wine Advocate up notes of crushed black cherries, black raspberries and red plums with touches of pencil lead, violets, baking spices and cedar. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of grainy tannins and a lively line lifting the perfumed fruit to a long finish.


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, Malbec

This grape produces a dark red wine with plenty of tannins. It is one of the six grapes allowed for blending red Bordeaux wines. Malbec is also the flagship variety of Argentina. The grape needs a lot of sun and heat to mature. It adds complexity and intensity to blends.