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1999 Chateau St. Jean Reserve Merlot

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Latest Sale Price

March 24, 2024 - $31

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RATINGS

93Wine Spectator

Dark, rich and polished, with lots of complex plum, black cherry and currant flavors accented by pretty mocha, vanilla bean and toasty oak nuances. Finishes with a surge of flavor, fine tannins and a supple texture. 443 cases made.

93Wine Enthusiast

...scent of rich, charred wood...vanilla and spicy notes. Only in the mouth does the fruit generously reveal itself, in fat cascades of blackberries, mocha and sweet herbs. It’s very complex, but also very hard now. Drink 2006+.

91Robert M. Parker Jr.

...reveals a big, sweet nose of mocha, white chocolate, black cherries, and currants in a medium to full-bodied, elegant yet big, chewy style.

REGION

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.

TYPE

Red Wine, Merlot

The Merlot grape is such a deep blue that it is named for the blackbird. It’s an early ripening grape and one of the primary varietals used In Bordeaux. Merlot is also grown in the "International style," which is harvested later to bring out more tannins and body.