2010 Chateau St. Jean "Robert Young Vineyard" Alexander Valley Chardonnay
Graceful and understated, with delicate, fragrant floral, white peach, honeydew melon and smoky oak notes, all beautifully proportioned, offering a long finish. Drink now through 2019.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A drop-dead gorgeous wine, the 2010 Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard is wonderfully vivid and nuanced from start to finish. The Robert Young has a level of delineation that is impossible to miss, while retaining plenty of 2010 vintage steeliness. With time in the glass, the wine opens up beautifully, revealing multiple shades of nuance and complexity. The blocked-malo style works especially well here. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
Chateau St. Jean has made a single vineyard Chardonnay from the Robert Young Vineyard for the past 35 years. The generous fruit and cool growing season of 2010 has realized an excellent example of this signature bottling. The wine was barrel fermented in French oak, but without malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the bright acidity and bracing structure. From the winery: "Bright aromas of ripe stone fruit, lemon zest and hints of honeysuckle jump from the glass at the first whiff of this single vineyard Chardonnay. Notes of vanilla and subtle spice lead to a medium-bodied mouthfeel with notes of melon, and wet stone minerality. The wine has a creamy texture with bright acidity and the classic Robert Young Chardonnay long-lasting lemon oil finish."