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    Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay - Sonoma County, California

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    • WE94
    • RP92
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine Spectator, 92 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Sonoma County, California

    Varietal: Chardonnay

    Style: Rich & Creamy

    Item no. 98382

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Chateau St. Jean's Reserve wines are crafted by selecting the vineyard lots from throughout Sonoma County that offer the most generous fruit expression and the ability to age. The 2005 Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay is our 9th vintage of this wine. For this blend, we selected fruit from the critically acclaimed Robert Young Vineyard (54%) and Belle Terre Vineyard (19%) in the Alexander Valley along with Durell Vineyard (16%) in Sonoma Valley and Cold Creek Vineyard (11%) in Carneros.

    This medium-bodied Reserve Chardonnay opens with inviting aromas of lemon citrus, mango and fig. Unctuous notes of creamy lemon bar and papaya are layered with subtle hints of hazelnut and clove. The well-balanced acidity and complexity of flavors lead to a long finish with hints of vanilla and lemon oil.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The winery’s reserve Chard has consistently been the best among their five Chards. The ’05 is a dramatic wine, although oak-o-phobes might find it toothpicky. It is smoky and buttery and caramelly, but a year or so should knit that together with the ripe tropical fruits and make the wine seamlessly complex.

    94 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Honey, fig, butterscotch and melon get a nice smoky, toasty oak edge. Holds onto a tight core of smoky, fruity flavors that give this an exotic yet elegant mouthfeel. Drink now through 2011. 4,029 cases made.

    92 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Offering loads of tangerine oil, lemon blossom, pineapple, and brioche characteristics, the 2005 Chardonnay Reserve is a full-bodied, dense, fruit-laden effort that will provide pleasure over the next 3-4 years.

    92 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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    User Reviews:

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    decker (9/29/2010)
    I like creamy finished chardonnays with a little oak and this fits the bill. lots of upfront fruit flavors as well as the butterscotch sinsation and smooth texture. I would not think of this wine to go with a crisp salad but is great with grilled shrimp,garlic
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    Robert Fielding (9/18/2010)
    COLOCR: Medium to dark with gold and toasty hues NOSE: Warm tropical fruit with some nutmeg TASTE: Sweet with slate and nutmeg standing out. Nutty and toasty, with signs of maturity. Solid tart fruit is not complex. Overll, concentrated and interesting with a slightly tart dry finish. Drinking well now but showing some age. [12-2009]
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    Thomas V. Rak (6/11/2011)
    Loved this chardonnay. Very buttery smooth. Wonderful with chicken dishes.
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    Seth Barker (9/3/2010)
    Full of oak and blushing with a buttery flavor to make you yearn to open a 2nd bottle, 2005 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Counry Reserve is a great fit into any Chard collection
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    jeff b (9/25/2010)
    Nice wine...smooth...but the oak overwhelmed the fruit and it became a bit too much. If you are an old-school Cali Oak fan...you will love this one. If you are a new school type Cali Chard drinker...you may feel like you have been gnawing on a popsicle stick.
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    aboykin (9/27/2010)
    Nice bottle of wine, enjoyed it with my seafood salad. Found it a bit hard to drink without a meal.
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    Sam Conte (9/25/2010)
    This wine shows a sweet honey nose, and plenty of citrus on the palate. Unfortunately it all gets overshadowed by the oak. It's like ignoring the 500 lb gorilla in the room. It is an oak wine with hints of fruit.

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