Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon California 2009
Kenwood Vineyards’ Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily sourced from vineyards located in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Sonoma 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. The 2009 growing season began with a cool, dry spring followed by a mild summer. In late September a warm indian summer brought the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards to ripeness and each vineyard was carefully picked as it reached its optimum maturity. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged in French, Eastern European and American oak barrels for 22 months. Before bottling, small amounts of other Bordeaux varieties were added to the final blend to give the wine balance and complexity. This produced a rich and multifaceted wine that is enjoyable now as well as for several years to come.
Editorial Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon California
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
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.
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.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon California
Black cherries, chocolate, ripe plums, violets and sweet vanilla oak notes jump from the nose of this Cabernet. On the palate, layers of ripe blackberries, roasty tobacco, cedar, mint and spice surround richly textured supple tannins that lead into a coffee and smoky oak finish.
Bright aromas of cassis, blueberry and fig are followed by savory notes of toast, bay leaf and coffee. Ripe tannins and firm acidity provide structure and length to this ripe, satisfying wine.
It may have a statewide appellation, but this wine showcases the winery's skill in crafting complex Cabs at all price levels. With blackberry, cassis, coffee and oak flavors and long, dry, finish, it's a fine, very drinkable wine.
As Napa Cabernets go, Chateau St. Jeanrsquo;s effort is both very high quality and a great value. Dark red fruits dominate the palate and are rounded out by hints of vanilla and coffee bean. Full bodied and well-balanced, the tannins are balanced at the end by a nice oaky, earthy finish.
It may have a statewide appellation, but this wine showcases the wineryrsquo;s skill in crafting complex Cabs at all price levels. With blackberry, cassis, coffee and oak flavors and long, dry, finish, itrsquo;s a fine, very drinkable wine.
Dense and concentrated, with rich, earthy currant and blackberry fruit thatrsquo;s a little muddled and lacking a sharp focus. Still, it speaks clearly of Cabernet with its concentration and depth. New California appellation Cabernet from St. Jean. Drink now through 2008.
Rich, ripe and juicy, with excellent black fruits and subtle tobacco and coffee notes. Soft and opulent for easy drinking, yet concentrated and complex without breaking the bank! A consistently great value in California Cabernet.
Food Pairings for Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon California
Delicious fruity aromas of boysenberry and cassis join with complex spicy notes of nutmeg and cocoa nibs. Rich body with well structured tannins and an excellent finish.
|Total Acidity: 6.3 grams per liter|