1998 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages (half-bottle)
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Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot are all aged two years in French and American oak, then blended to create this rich, Bordeaux-style wine.
Wine & SpiritsThis 250-acre estate was founded in 1973, passed from the original owners to Japanese drinks giants Suntory in 1984, and then to Beringer Blass in 1997. Cinq Ceacute;pages comprises the five Bordeaux grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (76%), Merlot (10%), Cabernet Franc (8%), Malbec (4%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Winemaker Steve Reeder uses fruit from Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley, Knights Valley and Dry Creek Valley. The 1996 was Wine of the Year 1999.
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 89.3 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 48 notes)
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 85 (slightly worse than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: drink now<br/>
User Tasting Note
1$hm@3Lrich cherry and raspberry, hints of cedar and forest floor, elegant tannins