The 2010 Chardonnay from Chateau St Jean from Sonoma County is another great value out of California. Very slightly hazy, slightly oaked with just the right hint of butter providing a nice silky mouth feel. A small bit of caramelized sugar flavor, great balance with a medium finish that drinks quite well. The only downside is it comes through a little hot from the alcohol.
We give this an 87 and is still a good buy at only $10-12 dollars. Perfect for those who like a little creamy chard that still has green apple on the nose.
From the vineyard, “Chateau St. Jean, with its gracious style, elegant architecture and inviting gardens and tasting rooms, is the quintessential Sonoma winery. The winemaking estate is located at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near Kenwood, California. Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in Vineyard Designated wines. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to highlight the best of each vineyard in the wines.”