by Fred McMillin
for May 5, 1997
A Little Star
Prologue: "Good as Sonoma Chardonnay is, Sauvignon Blanc may well be the county's finest white wine grape over the widest range of soil and climate...Of recognized Sauvignon Blanc sources, Chateau St. Jean's "La Petite Etoile" [little star] vineyard is among those carrying the flag highest...by Bob Thompson in "The Wine Atlas of California"
The Rest of the Story: This 44-acre "little star" twinkles very brightly. and its wine is anything but Sauvignon Bland...would you believe 15.1% alcohol? Furthermore, it wasn't simply fermented in stainless steel and soon bottled. Most of it was fermented and aged in small French oak barrels. So, if you want a white wine with all the active ingredients needed to pair with grilled salmon or pesto pasta, this is it.
1995 Fume Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc), La Petite Etoile Vineyard,
Category: Highly Recommended if you like a white that will put a tiger in your tank
A Historical Footnote: When the chateau was purchased in 1973 for founding the winery, one of the most treasured items on the grounds was an apple tree given to the owning Goff family by someone you may have heard of...Luther Burbank.
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