Friday, May 27, 2011

Everyday wine in the city - Chateau St. Jean Merlot

Chateau St. Jean Merlot
For this week, we are tasting a 2008 California merlot by Chateau St. Jean. Years ago, I used to pronounce the Jean in St. Jean the French way as in Jean in Jean Valjean and not as jean as in jeans. One day, I was gently corrected by a wine connoisseur that Jean is truly pronounced as jean as in jeans because the name is American.

We opened this wine on Monday and finished it on Friday. I noticed that the wine tasted better a few days after we opened it. It must be the effect of aerating? On Friday, we paired it with manchego cheese and  locally produced herbed bread sticks, cilantro and basil dip, and pitted black olives.

Here are my notes.

Tasting Date: May 27, 2011.
Tasting Partner: Mijo
Wine Name: Chateau St. Jean
Producer: Chateau St. Jean
Region/Appelation: North Coast, Central Coast
Grape Varieties: Merlot
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: 13%
Color Hue: red, purple
Aroma Intensity: fruity aroma
Developments: youthful
Aromas: cloves, cocoa, plum, coffee
Dry/Sweet: medium sweet
Body: Medium
Acidity: Smooth
Tannins: medium level, soft
Flavors: cocoa, cloves, lavender, plum, coffee

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