Ch. St Jean Robert Young Chardonay Alexander Valley
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This wine hosts vivid aromas of stone fruit, honeysuckle blossom and fresh cantaloupe melon. A core of bright citrus and ripe pear flavors with a slight spicy note of clove are framed in an elegant, silky texture. Lively and balanced acidity keeps the purity of the fruit vibrant throughout the finish.
Château St. Jean has always made a bevy of Chardonnays and they are also realistically priced. Perhaps the most famous wine is the 2013 Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard, which is a 5,000-case cuvée from the Robert Young clone of Chardonnay. There is 100% barrel fermentation, but it is never put through malolactic, hence the great acidity. This honeyed style of Chardonnay offers up notes of lemon oil, white stones, tangerine and subtle baking spices. It is rich and full-bodied, with admirable fruit and terrific acidity. It should age nicely for 5-6 years and is a heck of a value.