Chateau St Jean - back to 1996
26 Jan 2007 by Linda Murphy
Sonoma County’s Chateau St Jean produces a prodigious volume of remarkably good wine (400,000 cases per year), cutting a wide varietal swathe that includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.   The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons and Reserve Merlots are small-production show-stoppers; the La Petite Etoile Fume Blanc is a rare (and intriguingly spicy) California single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc; and winemaker Margo Van Staaveren has a deft hand with Malbec as both a blender and a stand-alone bottling.   Yet Chateau St Jean’s...

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