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2018 Chateau St. Jean Lyon Vineyard Alexander Valley Fume Blanc

2018 Chateau St. Jean Lyon Vineyard Alexander Valley Fume Blanc

Chateau St. Jean

2018 Chateau St. Jean Lyon Vineyard Alexander Valley Fume Blanc

Description

Description

The Lyon Vineyard lies in the northernmost part of the Alexander Valley, adjacent to the Russian River. The inaugural vintage of this vineyard designate was 2006, and it remains one of the winery’s most popular wines, consistently receiving top acclaim for its distinct expression of Alexander Valley.

Wine & Vintage Details

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

In the glass, the wine portrays a pale gold, almost straw-like quality. The aromas seem to jump from the glass with notes of white flowers, ripe orange citrus, and apricot. A slight hint of spice is indicative of many fumé blancs. On the palate, bright citrus notes reappear with pommes fruit flavors. After the fruit flavors fade, secondary notes of spice appear, allowing a well-rounded long finish.

Vintage

Alexander Valley enjoyed a stunning, near perfect 2018 growing season of winter rains, mild spring weather and steady temperatures allowing even flowering and bud break. These ideal conditions were followed by a cool, and slow-paced harvest allowing the wines to vinify at a gentle pace. The resulting wines are very high quality with lower alcohol, concentrated flavors, color and excellent acidity.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Vineyard

The Lyon Vineyard lies in the northernmost part of the Alexander Valley, adjacent to the Russian River. The inaugural vintage of this vineyard designate was 2006, and it remains one of the winery's most popular wines, consistently receiving top acclaim for its distinct expression of Alexander Valley.

Winemaking

Most of the wine was tank fermented to retain fresh, forward fruit flavors indicative of this vineyard. The balance was barrel fermented in neutral French oak. The barrel portion was aged sur lie eight months adding texture and creaminess.

Margo Van Staaveren - Winemaker

Margo Van Staaveren’s has been Winemaker for Chateau St. Jean since 2003 and has worked at the winery for over 40 harvests. 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.

Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

Alcohol % 14.8%
Enclosure Type Cork
pH 3.47
Blend 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Case Production 394 cases