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
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.
This red wine is a little thin and short on the finish, but it keeps faith with Merlot's promise of softness and a gentle full-bodiedness. The wine is ripe in cherries, with a touch of smoky oak, and is nicely dry and balanced.
Appealing black cherry and spice notes lead to soft, elegant plum and cedar flavors that end on a dry, dusty note. Drink now.
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.
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.
Serves up lots of sage, cedar and spice notes, with supple plum and black cherry flavors folding in nicely on the finish, giving a sense of finesse and polish.
A smooth, seamless effort, with gentle tannins wrapped around a pretty core of spicy black cherry and blackberry, with a touch of smoke and mocha. Moderately tannic. Drink now through 2007.