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Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Winemaker's Notes:

Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in vineyard designated wines. From the winery’s flagship Cinq Cépages red blend to the single vineyard Robert Young and Belle Terre Chardonnay, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren’s incredible knowledge and winemaking expertise allow her to highlight the very best of Sonoma.Vivid aromas of blackberries, fresh plum and chocolate follow through to rich flavors of black cherries, fresh berry pie and notes of black tea. The wine is well structured with a juicy mouth feel and a full, lingering finish.-Winery Notes

Chateau St. Jean Winery & Vineyards:
  Chatea St. Jean’s life started in 1920, when it was built as a summer home for Ernest and Maude Goff. It is located in Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near the legendary Kenwood, California. While the 250 acres of land were originally planted with white grapes, Prohibition encouraged the planting of prunes and walnuts instead. When Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973, the... Read more
  Chatea St. Jean’s life started in 1920, when it was built as a summer home for Ernest and Maude Goff. It is located in Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near the legendary Kenwood, California. While the 250 acres of land were originally planted with white grapes, Prohibition encouraged the planting of prunes and walnuts instead. When Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973, the chateau was restored and opened to the public in honor of the Goff family. As the company says, “only the finest” from their wines, and they delivered on that promise in quick time. In 1999, Chateau St. Jean’s 1996 Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon won “Wine of the Year,” making the chateau the first Sonoma winery to receive this award. Chateau St. Jean was one of the pioneers in vineyard designation, stressing the importance of a grape’s origin. They didn’t just talk the talk - they took grapes from successful vineyards and made individually labeled Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, and Fumé Blanc. With the hard work and dedication of Margo Van Staaveren, the winemaker for Chateau St. Jean, the winery is able to make high quality wines with a persistent signature flavor profile across different vintages. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 07/15/2013

Smoky with a bit of pickle barrel on the nose and lots of dried herbs with just a base note of red fruit. Pretty fruity on entry and with just a hint of RS adding emphasis to the sprightly red berry fruit. The tannins here are a touch hard just the fruit works well on the modest finish which shows nice refreshing acids and some strawberry tones that linger on the palate. This is round, juicy and a little rustic but kind of fun to drink. 86pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 12/17/2012

Fresh and fruit driven on the nose if not fruity with red currant and wild herb notes supported by vanilla, dill and coconut oak. Rather fresh on entry, this layers on black cherry and blackberry fruit over well-measured oak that adds some nuanced savory notes without being too assertive. The tannins are a bit dry, which keeps this firm and fresh right through the firm finish where the wood becomes more obvious, but the black cherry fruit with hints of dried minty herbs never looses the upper hand. A fine little Cab for the money. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
2.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/28/2011

Sweet and frankly oaky on the nose with loads of coffee, carob and chocolate over lightly minty, herb-tinged black fruits. Smooth and balanced at first then turning creamy with vanilla and butterscotch flavors accenting the spicy black fruit. The palate is pretty much dominated by wood tannin with some plummy fruit breaking through but this is a beaver’s dream today. The finish is spicy and somewhat hot with licorice accents, short, and dominated by sweet, toasty wood. Really tough-going today. 83pts


Member Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,742
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 09/04/2017

Opulent and rich with dark cherry, blackberry, chocolate, spice and moderate tannins with a good acidic finish. This wine is lengthy and full bodied on the mouth. Drink now - 90 points - Paul


Snooth User: alm mtw
453675154
0.00 5
Vintage: 2012 11/16/2015

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Snooth User: graceface0408
194803213
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 01/03/2016

Nice light cab - Angelina's


Snooth User: jamessulis
4262201,722
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 04/07/2014

2010 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, CA. This is a delicious cab. Heavy on the dark fruit, cassis and cedar box. I love this deep colored liquid. The tannins are a bit unfinished but otherwise acceptable leaving me with a long satisfying cabernet smile. One further note, how the hell did Kenwood get mixed up with Chateau St. Jean.............Help Snooth.


Snooth User: tomlib
154576154
2.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/23/2014

This wine is heavy on the tongue with a flavor that lasts but seemed somewhat dry to me. A nice wine for the price and I'd recommend it to those who prefer a heavy wine without too much tannin. Not bitter but just not enough life for my tastes.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,467
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/12/2011

Full bodied and aromatic. Black current on the nose. Hints of mocha and blackberry balanced with background full of tannins and slight oak. Really decent cab for the money.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,467
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/18/2012

Very nice, middle of the road Cab from Cali for a great price. Dark ruby red. Muted aromas but opens with times. Smells of red berry and faint oak. Medium bodied and fruit forward. Well balanced acidity with hints of round tannins with touches of dark cherry. Medium finish. Well done.


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External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 12/09/2017

Vineyards & Vintage: The fruit was selected from several vineyard sites throughout the Alexander Valley where Cabernet Sauvignon grows best, including some of St. Jean’s traditional sources: Asti Vineyard, Treehouse Vineyard, Stuhlmuller Vineyard, as well as Chambers & Hansen and Belle Terre vineyards. The 2014 growing season was long and moderate, producing rich, flavorful wines with balanced acidity. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit enjoyed the long hang time the season offered as well as the bright sunshine over the course of the dry summer. The resulting fruit that came into the winery had deep color, concentrated flavors and ripe tannins. Winemaking: This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with just a small amount of Merlot (7%). After a combination of open-and closed-top fermentation, the wine was barreled to a blend of 63% French oak and 37% American oak, with about 40% overall in new oak. Following aging for 18 months in barrel, the wine was assembled and bottled. Tasting Notes: The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a bright and inviting nose with loads of fresh berry aromas: boysenberry, blackberry and baking spice notes. The nose leads to a plush, juicy, full mouthfeel filled with fresh berry jam and dark chocolate flavors. The wine is well-structured with a dense core of fruit and smooth tannins. The balanced acidity gives the wine a long, flavorful finish. Alc: 14.7% TA: 0.63 g/100 ml pH: 3.58


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 04/26/2017

Vintage & Vineyards: We selected fruit from several vineyard sites throughout the Alexander Valley where Cabernet Sauvignon grows best including some of our traditional sources: Asti Vineyard, Treehouse Vineyard, Stuhlmuller and Belle Terre Vineyards. Sonoma County experienced another ideal growing season in 2013 – a season which was long and provided moderate temperatures for grapes to ripen at an optimal pace. The result is another high quality vintage offering outstanding fruit characteristics with balanced acidity, tannins, and sugar levels. Winemaking: This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a small amount of Merlot (5%) and Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (2%). After a combination of open and closed-top fermentation, the wine was barreled to a blend of 80% French oak and 20% American oak, with about 23% new in each. Following aging for 20 months in barrel, the wine was assembled and bottled. Tasting Notes: The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with vivid aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and baking spice notes. The aromas lead to a plush and rich mouthfeel filled with fresh berry jam and dark chocolate. The wine is well-structured with a core of fruit density, balanced acidity and an elegant finish. Vinification: Twenty months in both French and American oak. Alc: 14.5% TA: 0.61 g/100 ml pH: 3.77


External Review
Vintage: 2012 09/04/2017

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2012 09/04/2017

0 glasses


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 12/29/2015

This balanced and elegant wine captures the hallmark characteristics of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - rich, fleshy and voluptuous. It opens with inviting aromas of boysenberry, black cherry and spicy, leading to a fleshy and rich mouthfeel filled with fresh berry and baking spice flavors. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 08/18/2015

Kenwood Vineyards’ Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily sourced from vineyards located in the Dry Creek, Sonoma and Alexander Valleys. Each vineyard lot is kept separate throughout fermentation and aging to preserve the unique flavors of the individual vineyards that are brought together for the final blend. Ripe fruit aromas of black currant, cherry and plum join with aromatic notes of licorice and nutmeg. Full-bodied flavor with excellent acid balance and well-structured tannins that give way to a long finish. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 03/13/2015

Complex aromas of boysenberry, fig, allspice, vanilla and anise are complemented by well-structured tannins and a long finish. - Winery Composition: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot 3% Syrah Appellation: Sonoma County Aging: 22 months in French, Eastern European and American oak barrels Acid: 6.4 pH: 3.57 Alcohol: 13.5%


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Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in vineyard designated wines. From the winery’s flagship Cinq Cépages red blend to the single vineyard Robert Young and Belle Terre Chardonnay, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren’s incredible knowledge and winemaking expertise allow her to highlight the very best of Sonoma.Vivid aromas of blackberries, fresh plum and chocolate follow through to rich flavors of black cherries, fresh berry pie and notes of black tea. The wine is well structured with a juicy mouth feel and a full, lingering finish.-Winery Notes

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