"Just beautiful California claret."
Cinq Cépages ("Five Varieties") is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon,
10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot. Each component is aged separately for two years in small French oak barrels (56% new) before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in the
bottle before release.
Fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from the finest Bordeaux variety vineyards in Sonoma County: 60% from Alexander Valley, 15% from Sonoma Valley, 15% from Knights Valley, 6% from Russian River Valley and 4% Dry Creek Valley to assemble a wine that showcases Sonoma County. The Alexander Valley grapes highlight
bright berry with back notes of dried herbs, while the Sonoma Valley fruit is from the St. Jean Estate Vineyard, and brings black and dense mountain fruit to the blend. The Knights Valley fruit adds a firm mouthfeel and pronounced tannins and the Dry Creek Valley grapes tend toward dark, dense black cherry and berry fruit
flavors with a rich mouthfeel. The Russian River Valley brings exotic aromas and lush textures to complete the blend.
A classic Cinq Cépages, 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.
This review is from the tasting of a half bottle. The rim of the wine (meniscus) was browning a bit, showing the wine had aged some. Upon first opening, I notice a lot of vanilla on the nose, although upon tasting the vanilla was wound tight and the finish was a bit astringent. After about 30 minutes, the vanilla opened and gave way to spice and worn leather. After 8 hours, the mouth feel and flavor were as if Ricola honey cough drops had been dissolved in the wine.
very good not as good as the 02 smooth
This is a beautiful wine, fruit front with a mellow earth like finish. Not to dry and feels very nice on the tongue. This wine will do even better some time, but I will start to drink a couple each year.