Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Cinq Cépages 1997

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Cinq Cépages ("Five Varieties") is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, M...

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Iron, limestone, flower petals, spice. This is very fine, very perfumed, blood-penetrating nose. Fresh and rich, powerful wine. This has real energ... Read more

Just a VERY general warning to those considering purchasing some of (what were) the fantastic 1997 reds from Napa/Cali- I've been burned before wit... Read more

Ultrarich and chocolaty, with layers of cedar, plum, currant and black cherry, revealing uncommon depth and tiers of flavor as it picks up coffee, ... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Cinq Cépages

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
03/07/2012

Iron, limestone, flower petals, spice. This is very fine, very perfumed, blood-penetrating nose. Fresh and rich, powerful wine. This has real energy in the mouth, lovely citrus and rosehip notes, red cherry fruit, strawberry. Lovely, still youthful. A bit liquory, nice spice. Mineral follow-through, sapid, almost salty, tense and vibrant, long fruit. Almost chewy yet rather refined. 93 pts


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Snooth User: ChipDWood
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02/13/2011

Just a VERY general warning to those considering purchasing some of (what were) the fantastic 1997 reds from Napa/Cali- I've been burned before with a couple fairly high end items simply because 1997 was an EXTREMELY early-drinking vintage. Friendly and oppulent in their youths but like shooting stars in that many of them- even from some of the better houses (Flora Springs, Cornerstone, etc) have already gone well past their prime and are circling the drain. Buy the better stuff, but buyer beware- and ALWAYS do your homework, no matter which house it may be that you're considering buying. 1997 WAS great. Now, it's fading, and fading fast.


External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Cinq Cépages

External Review
10/16/2009

Ultrarich and chocolaty, with layers of cedar, plum, currant and black cherry, revealing uncommon depth and tiers of flavor as it picks up coffee, toffee and anise. Finishes with firm tannins. Best from 2002 through 2012. 13,000 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 St Jean, Chateau Cinq Cepages 750ml


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02/28/2010

A spectacular offering is the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc that spends 36 months in barrel prior to being bottled without fining and filtra... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Chateau St Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml


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01/18/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewThe 1997 Cinq Cepages is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit-Verdot, it boasts a super-complex bouquet of licorice, dried herbs, black currants, spice box, and cherry liqueur. In the mouth, notes of chocolate, new oak, and red and black fruits caress the palate in a medium to full-bodied, succulent style. Aged in 50% new and 50% one-year old French barrels, it is bottled with no fining or filtration. Fleshy and complex, this is California's answer to a big, rich St.-Emilion. Drinkable now, it promises to last for 12-15 years.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Cinq Cépages ("Five Varieties") is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Each component is aged separately for two years in small French and American oak barrels before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in the bottle.

Cinq Cépages ("Five Varieties") is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Each component is aged separately for two years in small French and American oak barrels before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in the bottle.

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