2003 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Black cherries, chocolate, ripe plums, violets and sweet vanilla oak notes jump from the nose of this Cabernet. On the palate, layers of ripe blackberries, roasty tobacco, cedar, mint and spice surround richly textured supple tannins that lead into a coffee and smoky oak finish. This wine consists of Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot (3%) and Cabernet Franc (2%). Each component was aged separately for 18 months in French and American oak before blending. Once the barrel selection was made, t...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThis very rich, polished, carefully layered effort comes up deep in curranty fruit and is decked out with lots of roasted vanilla-bean oak. It carries its ample tannins and a touch of heat at the finish but neither are of great consequence when measured against the wine's solid center of fruit.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 92 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: unpredictable<br/>
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