Chateau St. Jean
2008 Sonoma Valley Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc •St. Jean Estate
California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Valley
Today’s Chateau St. Jean 2008 Sonoma Valley Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc is a truly extraordinary gem of a wine. We did everything that we could to secure an ample allotment, but we were only able to come away with just a handful of cases.
This fantastic Franc melds old world French winemaking sensibilities with the more modern new world American stylings of St. Jean. The Franc is a blending component of the winery’s flagship Cinq Cépages, which is an incredible wine in its own right. What a joy it is to enjoy the same Franc that is in that wine - but all on its own.
Hurry, though, there isn’t very much of this great wine left!
Deepest, darkest garnet at its heart, slowly transitioning to a lovely red ruby edge.
Absolutely lovely and aromatic, with reduced dark fruit of blackberry and sweet plum, tobacco, sweetwood, dried blueberry, black pepper, and sage.
Well balanced and tremendously delicious, with a dark fruit compote of boysenberry, black currant, and black cherry laid overtop sweet tobacco leaf, cassis, black peppercorn, espresso bean, clove, and a touch of rosemary.
Long and lasting, the finish is highlighted by fantastic structure and grippy tannins. A tremendous wine done in a classic Old-World Style!
With a classic French-style wine, we recommend a classic French meal of duck à l’orange.
What the Winery Says
- Margo Van Staaveren
- Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
- St. Jean Estate Vineyard
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Cabernet Franc