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Chateau St Jean Merlot California

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(2011 Vintage) Dry Creek Valley, one of the smallest AVAs in size (16 miles long by 2 miles wide) is home to over 9,000 acres of vineyards that cover the valley floor, benchland and hillsides. With a grape growing history going back 140 years, Dry Creek Valley is ideally situated for winegrapes. Bordered by Lake Sonoma in the north and the confluence of Dry Creek and the Russian River to the south, the valley is classified as a Region II climate for grape growing (similar to Bordeaux region in France). This inaugural vintage of Chateau St. Jean's Dry Creek Valley Merlot is sourced mainly from the Louvau Vineyard located in the Dry Creek Valley bench. The vineyard's well-drained, and naturally depleted soils force the vines to focus on producing concentrated fruit. After the challenging 2011 vintage, the 2012 growing season was long and moderate producing rich, flavorful wines with balanced acidity. The Bordeaux varieties, including this Merlot, enjoyed the long hang time the season offered as well as the bright sunshine over the course of the dry summer. The resulting fruit that came into the winery had deep color, concentrated flavors and ripe tannins