nice nose of cherry and plum....very smooth, rich fruit, long lasting 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
Appealing black cherry and spice notes lead to soft, elegant plum and cedar flavors that end on a dry, dusty note. Drink now.
A pure Merlot, with herb, tar, coffee and currant flavors. Supple and round, firm on the finish, with enough tannin to cellar short-term. Good value. Best from 2001 through 2007.
Staggeringly delicious, with white chocolate, cherry and roasted coffee bean aromas and flavors wrapped in sturdy but delicate tannins. It's on the soft, mellow side, with great depth of flavor and a long, sweet, spicy finish. This has to be one of the best Merlots of the vintage.
Firm, ripe, intense and concentrated, with a complex mix of currant, anise, fresh earth, leather and sage, with those flavors folding together nicely, where the tannins firm up. Drink now through 2009.
A darker style of Merlot, with plenty of chocolate, coffee, and black cherry aromatics. Good intensity, soft mouthfeel and enough velvety tannins on the finish to think it will hold up for a few years despite being eminently drinkable now.
Ripe, soft and juicy. An uncomplicated wine that nonetheless shows a good deal of sophistication and style. It has cherry, blackberry, anise and oak flavors, with rich tannins.
Rich and complex, with a pleasantly earthy core of currant, blackberry, plum, cedar and spice. Turns elegant and polished, with firm yet supple tannins. Drink now through 2008.
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