2018 Chateau St. Jean Reserve Malbec, Sonoma County
This wine opens with vivid aromas of fresh blackberry and black currant, followed by hints of clove and a high-tone violet floral note. The inviting nose leads to lush palate with powerful yet smooth tannins. Flavors of blackberry pie, black cherry and sweet baking spices are distinct on the full-bodied palate. The wine is round and plush with balanced acidity leading to a long, flavorful finish.
Chateau St. Jean’s Reserve wines are crafted by selecting vineyard lots from throughout Sonoma County that offer the most generous fruit expression and the ability to age.
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren has championed Malbec and believes the variety flourishes at selected Sonoma sites. It has become one of her favorite varietals to bottle. The Reserve Malbec shows diversity of Sonoma terroirs.