#1 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 1999
This wine captures the best of "five varieties" the depth and dark fruit of
Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), supple texture of Merlot (11%), spice of
Cabernet Franc (8%), , roasted coffee of Malbec (3%), and intense color of
Petite Verdot (3%).
Black cherry, cassis, chocolate, blueberry
and spice fill the nose of this Cabernet
Sauvignon blend. On the mouth,
concentrated flavors of bittersweet
chocolate, blackberry, coffee, toasted oak
and tobacco provide this complex wine with
a smooth, savory finish.
"Dense, rich and complex describes this '96 California Cabernet--with its layers of currant, mineral, plum, cherry and toasty oak and its broad, intense and deeply flavorful finish. An extraordinary wine, scoring classic and well-priced."
"The dark ruby/purple-colored 1996 Cinq Cepages (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot) exhibits a moderately intense nose of black cherries, chocolate, smoke, dried herbs, and toasty oak. As reported last year, it appears to be California's version of a big, rich St.-Emilion. Offering elegance and finesse along with copious quantities of fruit, glycerin, and flavor, this medium to full-bodied wine has evolved nicely over the last year, and can be drunk now as well as over the next 12-15 years."
The Wine Advocate