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Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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Cinq Cépages is the flagship wine of Chateau St. Jean. Each year, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren selects fruit from the finest Bordeaux variety vineyards to craft a wine that showcases the best of Sonoma County. The primary grape sources for the 2006 vintage are Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and Sonoma Valley. The Alexander Valley grapes highlight bright berry with back notes of dried herbs, while the Sonoma Valley fruit is from our home vineyard – the St. Jean Estate Vineyard – and brings black and dense mountain fruit to the blend. The Knights Valley fruit adds boysenberry flavors and elegant tannins.

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Chateau St. Jean Winery & Vineyards:
  Chatea St. Jean’s life started in 1920, when it was built as a summer home for Ernest and Maude Goff. It is located in Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near the legendary Kenwood, California. While the 250 acres of land were originally planted with white grapes, Prohibition encouraged the planting of prunes and walnuts instead. When Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973, the... Read more
  Chatea St. Jean’s life started in 1920, when it was built as a summer home for Ernest and Maude Goff. It is located in Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near the legendary Kenwood, California. While the 250 acres of land were originally planted with white grapes, Prohibition encouraged the planting of prunes and walnuts instead. When Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973, the chateau was restored and opened to the public in honor of the Goff family. As the company says, “only the finest” from their wines, and they delivered on that promise in quick time. In 1999, Chateau St. Jean’s 1996 Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon won “Wine of the Year,” making the chateau the first Sonoma winery to receive this award. Chateau St. Jean was one of the pioneers in vineyard designation, stressing the importance of a grape’s origin. They didn’t just talk the talk - they took grapes from successful vineyards and made individually labeled Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, and Fumé Blanc. With the hard work and dedication of Margo Van Staaveren, the winemaker for Chateau St. Jean, the winery is able to make high quality wines with a persistent signature flavor profile across different vintages. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,833
2.00 5
01/28/2011

Sweet and frankly oaky on the nose with loads of coffee, carob and chocolate over lightly minty, herb-tinged black fruits. Smooth and balanced at first then turning creamy with vanilla and butterscotch flavors accenting the spicy black fruit. The palate is pretty much dominated by wood tannin with some plummy fruit breaking through but this is a beaver’s dream today. The finish is spicy and somewhat hot with licorice accents, short, and dominated by sweet, toasty wood. Really tough-going today. 83pts


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Snooth User: icmusiclovers
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4.00 5
06/24/2009

A deep red/purple color. Aromas of dark fruits and spice. Taste has a bit of wood but is mostly of the dark fruit and herbal earthiness. Finish is short, but quite smooth. A nice, smooth drinking cab overall.


Snooth User: GoinGray
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4.50 5
08/04/2008

oak and tobacco scents flavors of plum and cherry has a dry finish


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
03/14/2010

Bonus wine of the day. Lovely meritage in the Bordeaux style. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 3/13/10


Snooth User: Cheri
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2.50 5
04/07/2011

Sadly, just not as good I'd remembered it (last vintage I'd had was 2003).


Snooth User: tulaw
94189266
4.00 5
11/28/2010

Excellent wine in this price range. The tannins are soft and the oak is very subtle. In the same price range is the Rodney Strong 2006 Cab, and while the Rodney Strong has a better oak taste, this wine has a equal or superior fruitiness. Both are great examples of 2006 Sonoma Cabs, and both will be sure to please any guests you might serve. I will definitely buy more of this excellent cab.


Snooth User: vardaman
7409597
3.50 5
06/11/2008

Oak, vanilla, long finish, something vegetal maybe asparagus. Looong finish. Give this one two hours or more to open.


Snooth User: CLOJON
10215787
3.50 5
01/11/2009

This wine has a nice Cherry scent. Well balanced with a smooth, somewhat dry, buttery finish. A very good buy for the sale price of purchase at $10.99.


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External Reviews for Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
05/22/2011

Scents of new oak and new leather are woven together with ripe currant, plum, black cherry and touches of anise, cedar and wild berry. Well-made if coming up shy of extra facets. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
05/22/2011

The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of sassafras, charcoal, black currants, and weedy tobacco in a medium to full-bodied, rich, fleshy style. It possesses loads of fruit, good body, and nicely integrated wood as well as tannin in the long finish. This excellent Cabernet may merit an outstanding score in a year or two.


External Review
05/22/2011

Enticing aromas of cedary oak and dried currant, this is tight and firm on the palate, with mineral, currant and plum notes that are wrapped up in chewy tannins. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
01/03/2012

A reasonably good value is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma, which reveals aromas and flavors of cedar, roasted herbs, black cherries, and spice. Medium-bodied with deep fruit, it is meant to be consumed over the next 4ndash;5 years.


External Review
01/03/2012

An everyday favorite, the St Jean Cab is full-bodied, fruit-forward and very easy to drink. This is a wine you can pour just about everyday mdash; loaded with black and red fruits, smooth tannins and subtle oak.


External Review
05/22/2011

Creamy, with currant, cigar box, green olive, herb and tobacco aromas, this is an elegant, supple, rich and complex wine with fine, integrated tannins. Finishes with a wonderful lift. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
05/22/2011

Dry and balanced, it shows the deft hand of the winery, a softly delicious Bordeaux-style wine with lushly ripe cherry, cassis and spicy oak flavors, and a long, smooth, elegant finish.


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Tasting Notes:

Inviting aromas of blackberry, black tea and hints of leather begin the nose of this Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is concentrated and structured with a ripe fruit core of dark berry fruit. The palate is round and full and leads to a lingering finish.

Cinq Cépages is the flagship wine of Chateau St. Jean. Each year, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren selects fruit from the finest Bordeaux variety vineyards to craft a wine that showcases the best of Sonoma County. The primary grape sources for the 2006 vintage are Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and Sonoma Valley. The Alexander Valley grapes highlight bright berry with back notes of dried herbs, while the Sonoma Valley fruit is from our home vineyard – the St. Jean Estate Vineyard – and brings black and dense mountain fruit to the blend. The Knights Valley fruit adds boysenberry flavors and elegant tannins.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 28 months in 88% French oak and 12% American oak


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