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Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Inviting aromas of blackberries, mocha and violets leap from the glass of this Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. The sweet, dark berry fruit continues on the palate and mingles with elegant round tannins and leads to a long, lingering finish. This wine consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (94%) blended with Cabernet Franc (6%). After a combination of open and closed-top fermentation, the wine was barreled down for 15 months in 95% French oak and 5% American oak. Once the barrel selection was made, the wine was assembled and bottled.
Big fan of Chateau St. Jean wines. This one isn't as amazing as their reserve cab or their cinq cepages but *definitely* worth every penny.
Good rich vibrant color. Fresh pure currant nose. The palate revealed some cherries, cassis, and blackberry. Some tar and soy. Decent medium bodied mouthfeel with a decent finish. A nice tannin/acid balance. This is a reliable type of cab that usually won't dissapoint but usually does not wow either. Ho-hum.
Very impressive wine for $22. I had this wine 18 months ago, and wasn't so impressed, even with decanting. Big black and blue fruit, nicely sweet but not overly so. Some tobacco and violets in there also. The tannins have integrated nicely, allowing the ample fruit come forward. This is an enjoyable wine, drinking perfectly right now!
Decanted 1 hour: A BIG cab! Very dark purple, almost black in color. Nose is heavy dark fruit and some alcohol heat. Huge tannins in this one. Balanced out by some fruit, but not nearly enough. The finish reflects the high tannins, and was quite bitter. Even after an hour + in the decanter, this cab was still very tannic. Could probably use another year or two in the bottle to (hopefully) smooth it out some. Paired with steak dinner, it was a nice match. On its own, too much tannin to be totally enjoyable.
External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 92Fans of CC will find a wine with the balance of previous vintages. It refuses to be a fruit bomb, but offers a wealth of sumptuous blackberry and cherry liqueur flavors that pull back at the last moment under a blanket of youthful tannins. Not a long-term ager, but should hold for 6 years.Wine Advocate ReviewRated 90Displays an elegant, Bordeaux-like style offering aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, black currants, cherries, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied with soft, silky tannins, and a moderately long finish, it should drink well for 7-8 years.Wine & Spirits ReviewRated 90Underneath the smoke of this wine's meaty black tannin, there's a high-toned red fruit character, hinting at earthy roots and eucalyptus. A lamb chop will absorb some of the tannin and bring out the wine's elegance.The Wine News ReviewTop Ten Cabernets of the YearThis Sonoma charmer offers enticing aromas of mocha, roasted almond, black cherry-boysenberry fruit and violets. On the palate, the wine is elegantly bold and seamless, rich and extracted with medium-full, chewy tannins and copious flavors of ripe black raspberry, blueberry, dried lavender and espresso bean. Long, fruity finish.Wine Tasting NotesInviting aromas of boysenberry and violet define the nose of this flagship Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. A rich and dense entry begins with layers of black raspberry, mocha and hints of blueberry. The palate offers a graceful balance between fruit extract and fine-grained tannins. This deep, concentrated wine has a classic Cinq Cepages structure with beautiful oak integration and a lushness throughout that leads to a lingering finish.
90 Points - Robert Parker, December 2007. Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Cinq Cepages displays an elegant, Bordeaux-like style offering aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, black currants, cherries, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied with soft, silky tannins, and a moderately long finish, it should drink well for 7-8 years." Inviting aromas of boysenberry and violet define the nose of this flagship Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. A rich and dense entry begins with layers of black raspberry, mocha and hints of blueberry. The palate offers a graceful balance between fruit extract and fine-grained tannins. This deep, concentrated wine has a classic Cinq Cepages structure with beautiful oak integration and a lushness throughout that leads to a lingering finish.
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