Chateau St. Jean Merlot Sonoma County Reserve 2005
Wine Tasting Notes Aromas of black fruits dominate with notable hints of plum on the nose.Rich, ripe and forward with big fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberryare backed by a slight hint of mint and subtle notes of roasted meat.Lush and fleshy tannins gently surround the fruit to a satisfying finish.
Dark ruby hue, aromas of dark fruits and baking spice, flavor notes of blackberries, dried cherries and tobacco, thin over a short finish
Tasted April 2010: A very fine effort. The colour is deep. The wine has a wonderful perfume of intense black berry fruit and a soft oakiness, with some elegant spiciness. The taste is marvelous, deep, smooth, rounded and concentrated, with well-integrated soft tannins. A supremely balanced wine, a very fine Merlot, and great value at $24. Will keep until 2018.
Decent; somewhat mild wine. Flavors worked well with salami.
Ok not great. Young.
External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Merlot Sonoma County Reserve
This Merlot opens with aromas of lavender blackberry and ripe plum. Bittersweet chocolate and jammy fruit begin the entry in the palate and continue throughout a well-structured and fruit-forward Merlot. There is a mid-palate softness that offers a core of ripe fruit along with mouth-coating fine grained tannins. Layers of cocoa powder clove and plum last throughout the finish.
Fragrant nose of blackberries, raspberries, oak. Huge structure. Rich, concentrated black fruits, with spicy/minty notes. Soft tannins coat the mouth. Long finish.
Saturated dark red. Oak-accented, generous berry-fruit aromas. A flavorful attack leads a moderately full-bodied palate with persistent velvety tannins. Stylish and impressively concentrated. Drink now or later.
Aromas of sweet black cherry, black plum and toasted almonds burst from the glass of this Merlot. These bright fruit characters carry over onto the palate and mingle with notes of blackberry, dark chocolate and clove. A rich and full mid-palate, with polished tannins, leads to a lush finish with cassis on the close.
Almond essence, dark fruits, and lingering toast on the finish will make this an instant favorite. This is a phenomenal value in top-flight California Merlot.
The 1996 Merlot is a good value for this over-crowded/over-priced, often mediocre quality category. Ten percent Cabernet Franc has been added to the blend, resulting in a creamy-textured, ripe, mocha, berry, chocolately-styled Merlot with good softness, excellent ripeness, and a pleasing, medium to full-bodied savory finish. It should drink well for 4-5 years.
A firm yet supple texture easily supports the pretty black currant, cherry, tar, smoke and vanilla flavors. has focus and finesse. Drink now through 2004.
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Our Reserve Merlot is known for its velvety texture and described to many as “liquid velvet” in a glass. Simply magnificent upon release, the nose of this Merlot displays wonderful aromas of black plums, ripe blueberries, cassis, fresh violets and mocha. On the palate, a soft, creamy and pleasant entry leads to a silky texture with gorgeous, round tannins. And always with a finish that will last for minutes!
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