Monday, December 21, 2020

Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Vineyard Alexander Valley Chardonnay, 2012

This Robert Young Chardonnay has been given all the special treatments: barrel fermentation and extended time on the lees followed by aging in small French oak barrels. It is definitely oak influenced but still retains a refined, classic image.

Deep gold in its maturity. Very bright. Beautiful bouquet: peaches, pears, lemon custard and vanilla. More of the same on the palate. Medium bodied. Expressive flavors but suitable elegance for a California Chardonnay icon. I prefer unoaked Chardonnays but must admit that this is a very enjoyable wine that has aged very nicely over 8 years. At the right price, Robert Young Vineyard is always on my buy list.


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