Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1996  Front Label
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Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1996

Bordeaux Red Blends
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750ML / 14.4% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

#1 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 1999

This wine captures the best of "five varieties". The depth and dark fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon, supple texture of Merlot, spice of Cabernet Franc, roasted coffee of Malbec, and intense color of Petite Verdot.

Black cherry, cassis, chocolate, blueberry and spice fill the nose of this Cabernet Sauvignon blend. On the palate, concentrated flavors of bittersweet chocolate, blackberry, coffee, toasted oak and tobacco provide this complex wine with a smooth, savory finish.

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 3% Petite Verdot

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
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Founded in 1973 in the Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery. Chateau St. Jean produces an extensive portfolio of Sonoma County wines as well as vineyard designated wines, limited production Reserve wines, and the flagship Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her more than 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to continue the tradition of highlighting the best of each vineyard site to produce exceptional wines. Chateau St. Jean was the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious “Wine of the Year” award from Wine Spectator Magazine for its 1996 Cinq Cépages, a Bordeaux style blend of “five varieties” and has long been recognized as a leader in vineyard designated wines.

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