(2012 Vintage) Cinq Cépages offers layered aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and star anise spice. Intriguing, nuanced notes of violet and graphite add depth to the nose. The aromas lead to a plush palate with flavors of blueberry, fresh Santa Rosa plum and blackberry. Additional flavors of cocoa powder and brown spice add to the complexity. The full-bodied wine has fine grained tannins that offer solid structure but do not overwhelm. The wine, slow to evolve in the glass, shows density and elegance. In signature Cinq Cépages form, this wine combines the strength of the diverse Sonoma County region to create a well-balanced, complex and powerful wine
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines76% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Merlot; 9% Cabernet Franc; 3% Malbec; 2% Petit Verdot. If a perfectly pleasant Cabernet of modest measure, Chateau St. Jean's latest "Cinq Cepages" bottling is a bit off the pace of its illustrious predecessors. It is rather underplayed in terms of fruit and overall richness, and its teases of sweet oak, vanilla and toast remain just that. Still on the stiff and slightly tannic side, it is unlikely to find substance and stuffing with age, and it looks to us like one wh...
Wine AdvocateRating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03