~The Mansion's Wine List~

~Wednesday September 30th 2009 ~ Chateau St. Jean ~

Chateau St. Jean is Sonoma’s first and foremost champion of single vineyard designated wines, founded around a concept cherished for centuries in Europe but new to California – terroir (pronounced “ter wahr”). This French word has no direct translation in English. Nevertheless, it speaks volumes about how each vineyard’s unique combination of climate, soil and growing conditions determine a grape’s flavor and intensity. To achieve Chateau St. Jean single vineyard designation, the grapes must consistently exhibit exceptional varietal character. The superior quality of the vineyards must be proven, vintage after vintage.

Chateau St. Jean - Pinot Noir

Sonoma County

Youthful and inviting, this Pinot Noir displays lovely aromas of raspberry, cherry and plum as well as hints of rose and leather. The palate offers jammy fruit flavors and round tannins that give a creamy texture and a long fruit-driven finish. Serve Pinot Noir with: Goat Cheese, Brie, Walnuts, Lamb, Sausage, Filet Mignon, Roasted Chicken, Orange Roughy, Tuna, Mushroom Sauce, Light-medium Red Sauce, Crème Brule, White Chocolate.

Chateau St. Jean - Cabernet Sauvignon

Sonoma County

Inviting aromas of blackberry, black tea and hints of leather begin the nose of this Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is concentrated and structured with a ripe fruit core of dark berry fruit. The palate is round and full and leads to a lingering finish Serve Cabernet Sauvignon with: Cheddar Cheese, Gorgonzola, Walnuts, Venison, Rib-eye, Beef Stew, Grilled Tuna, Black Cherries, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Brown Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Bittersweet Chocolate.

Chateau St. Jean - Chardonnay

Sonoma County

This classic Sonoma County Chardonnay offers inviting stone fruit aromas accented by notes of tropical fruit. The well-balanced acidity supports a core of pear and sweet melon and complements a creamy texture. The wine has a clean, refreshing finish. Serve Chardonnay with: Asiago Cheese, Havarti, Almonds, Veal, Chicken, Portk Loin, Halibut, Shrimp, Crab, Cream Sauce, Pesto Sauce, Banana Bread, Vanilla Pudding

Chateau St. Jean - Fumé Blanc

Sonoma County

This crisp and refreshing Fumé Blanc offers inviting aromas of sweet citrus, pear and a hint of floral spice. The wine is well-structured with luscious melon and tangerine flavors that combine with lively acidity. The finish is long and clean with a lemon zest note Serve Fumé Blanc with: Feta Chesse, Chevre, Pine Nuts, Chicken, Turkey, Sole, Oysters, Scallops, Citrus Sause, Light Sauces, Sorbet, Key Lime Pie

Hors d'oeuvre Buffet includes: Sushi, skewers with meats, fruits and vegetables, cheese tray, and an assortment of delectable desserts.