Deep ruby in color, this Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a huge amount of blueberry, plum, and violets on the nose, with oak spices shining through. On the palate, blue fruit flavors combine with cassis and plum to create a very deep berry and fruit profile. The wine finishes with strong oak spice supported by the tannic structure. Very drinkable with a strong acidity complementing the tannins and fruit flavors. Drink now, or cellar for up to 15 years.
Vineyards and Vintage
The fruit was selected from several vineyard sites throughout the Alexander Valley where Cabernet Sauvignon grows best including some of St. Jean’s traditional sources: Asti Vineyard, Stuhlmuller Vineyard as well as Belle Terre vineyard.
The 2015 growing season was one of outstanding quality marked with ideal weather for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The continuation of California’s drought brought a dry winter followed by a dry and early spring with an early bud break. Weather was warm and consistent throughout late spring and summer which allowed for full development in the grapes. We began picking the grapes in September, and while overall yields were low, the quality and depth of flavor of the fruit was excellent.
Each of these lots were fermented to dryness individually in stainless steel, then drained and pressed and aged in 12% once-used oak and 88% neutral French oak. The wine was racked only once after secondary fermentation was complete in each lot and then the wine was blended and put back to barrel for a total élevage of 10 months.
After the grapes were harvested and destemmed, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren used a combination of open and closed top fermentation methods. The wine was then barreled down into 60% French and 40% American Oak barrels for 20 months of oak aging. This wine was bottled in August of 2017 and received another 6 months of bottle age prior to its release on January 1, 2018, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of our famed winery.
Winemaker: Margo Van Staaveren “Blending passion, skill and style.”
2018 will be Margo Van Staaveren’s 38th harvest at Chateau St Jean. She was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2008. During her long tenure with the winery, Margo has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury category.
Size: 1.5 L per bottle
Vinification: Prior to final blending, each component was aged separately for 23 months in French (76%) and American (24%) oak, with 19% new oak
Harvest dates: September 7-October 2, 2015
Bottling date: August 23, 2017
Total Acidity: 0.62 g/100mL
Included in the Box
1x 2015 45th Anniversary Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Magnum
3x 2015 45th Anniversary Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Magnum
For the past 45 years, Chateau St. Jean has made its home in the heart of Sonoma, a region of dramatic diversity perfect for growing a wide variety of exceptional grapes. Our 45th Anniversary Special Edition release celebrates our legacy of producing terroir-driven wines from across the renowned region. Sourced from Alexander Valley, this Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant yet structured representation of Sonoma County’s premier Cabernet growing region.
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Chateau St. Jean 45th Anniversary Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum - $66 = 26.49%
Guess there wont be any Lab reports without violating the social distancing since it takes a village to review a magnum. Be safe and stay healthy out there !
As most, I’m in for 3. St Jean has always been a reliable wine.
Hoping that I can successfully Caseleg(?) Mateleg(?) this to myself by shipping to Western PA with a redirect to a mystery location in OH that will only be revealed by UPS once the package is en-route.
RJ tried to help me do this once before but the closest location they would redirect to in OH was nearly 90 minutes away. I was able to select a much closer original destination this time which should, theoretically, lead to a much closer pickup location but given UPS’s limited choices we will just have to wait and see…
Any SoCal 'mates pick this one up and have a spare?
UPS has so totally bungled multiple shipments this week, three aborted deliveries on two, and now a case from the TWS sale that will live over the weekend somewhere, I’m just not doing anything that ships UPS.
FedEx, otoh, just now dropped off two in addition to one this morning.
Crappy about UPS and it occurred to me overnight than when we tried that previous experiment, FedEx was still doing the shipping and there were a number of pickup locations to choose from. With UPS, I will probably only get 1 choice, a UPS hub in PA that may end up being further away than the original destination (a shipping store in Hermitage, PA that handles both UPS and FedEx packages).
This one is probably going to end up being returned to sender, because I didn’t think it through all the way.