Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
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|Region||California, Sonoma County|
|Brand||Chateau St. Jean|
Wine Enthusiast: Smooth and complex, with 78% Cab Sauvignon contributing the firm tannic backbone that gives this such excellent structure. The other four Bordeaux varieties are here as well. The flavors are so interesting: black cherries, blackberry jam, plum sauce, coffee, root beer and new oak. There's an acidic vibrancy as well. Just beautiful California claret. Drink now - 2010. Wine Tasting Notes A classic Cinq Cepages, the 2003 vintage offers the signature chocolate - covered cherry and boysenberry aromas that have come to define this flagship Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. Lush, elegant and gracefully balanced, the wine delivers sweet plum and dark berry flavors and an exotic floral note that wraps around big, juicy tannins. This highly concentrated wine has beautiful oak integration and a lushness throughout that leads to a lingering finish.
Wine AdvocateThe 2003 Cinq Cepages is less impressive than either the 2002 or 2001. It is spicy, medium-bodied, and shows good ripe olive, herb, black cherry, and currant notes, soft tannins, and some flesh and succulence in a very good, but easygoing finish. This is usually more complex, richer, and deeper, but it is certainly excellent wine. Drink it over the next 7-10 years.
Wine SpectatorAustere, with spicy red currant, black cherry, herb and berry notes that are balanced on the lean, tannic side. Drink now through 2010.