Review: 2010 Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.chateaustjean.com/

California certainly has a reputation for making over-oaked Chardonnay, however, this 2010 bottling from the Robert Young Vineyard is different. It has a much better balance than many of its peers at its respective price range and is rather food friendly.

Technical Data: 

  • Harvest Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 19, 2010
  • Harvest Sugar: 24.7° Brix
  • Total Acidity: 0.67 g/ml
  • pH: 3.67
  • Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
  • Bottled: February 2012
  • Released: September 2012
  • Case Production: 8554 cases
  • Suggested Retail Price: $25

On the nose: Luscious meyer lemon, pineapple, golden delicious apple, golden raisin, melon, honeysuckle, white peach and pear.

On the palate: A gorgeous Chardonnay that’s far from being over-oaked. Stellar notes of citrus, tropical and minerality with good acidity and fruit that linger on for hours on the finish.

 

W.E.P. RATING: 90%