2002 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages (half-bottle)
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"The 2002 Cinq Cepages is impressive. It boasts a deep ruby/purple hue as well as aromas of cedar, black currants, sweet cherries, licorice, and smoky oak. Medium to full-bodied, authoritatively flavored, elegant and impressively long with a velvety texture, it is already delicious and evolved but should drink well for at least another 12-14 years. There are some terrific values in the Chateau St. Jean portfolio. People complain, with justification, about the high prices of the finest Californi...
WineLibrary TV-Gary Vaynerchuk, Winelibrary TV
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines75% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 8% Cabernet Franc; 4% Malbec; 2% Petit Verdot. While there is real complexity at work here and loads of rich oak and briary Cabernet spice, this ambitious blend never quite finds a full fruity voice and is in the end blunted by abrupt tannins, stiff acids and heat. Its evident impressions of extract and concentration leave room for hope with a bit of age, but for now it comes with questions enough about what lies ahead, and it winds up one or two steps short of...
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine CellarBright medium ruby. Spicy cassis and sassafras on the nose; turned quite oaky as it opened in the glass. Juicy, supple and flavorful, with currant and spice flavors joined by an herbal element on the back. Finishes with building tannins and a green quality that became more pronounced with aeration.
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 90.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 100 notes)
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 95 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: young, aging quickly, could be good now<br/>
User Tasting Note
Fellow Drync'rGreat wine! Hard to get though.