2017 Chateau St. Jean Merlot, Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley
Crafted in an approachable California style from coastal vineyards, this beautifully balanced wine offers up ripe fruit aromas of fresh berry, red plum, and cherry leading to a palate filled with flavors of fresh berry pie, milk chocolate, and notes of black tea. Smooth tannins and a juicy mouthfeel.
An intensely wet winter saw severe flooding but after what had been a long drought, the rains did bring some benefits – namely rejuvenating the water content in the soils. After April, however, the weather completely dried up and temperatures began to significantly rise. By May, temperatures were unusually high but it was June when two extreme heatwaves struck which both accelerated ripening and caused some vines to shut down. Further heatwaves came July and August.