2016 Chateau St. Jean 'Cinq Cepages' Proprietary Red Sonoma County

$100.00
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The flagship wine of Chateau St. Jean leads the way in awards and accolades for Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. This rich red is loaded with ripe fruit, chocolate and vanilla notes in an approachable, elegant body. With the legs for the long road, we’d give this another two years in the cellar to settle into something even more perfect.

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Margo Van Staaveren
Vintage:
2016
Aging:
20 months
Oak Treatment:
100% French oak, 49% new
Appellation:
Sonoma County
Total Varietal Composition %:
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %:
15.1%
SKU #:
1044360
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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James Suckling

This is a rich red with lots of ripe fruit, chocolate and vanilla character. It’s a little obvious and old-school now, but delivers freshness and stature at the finish. The tannins and everything else needs to come together. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. Better in 2022.

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Wine Advocate

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Cinq Cepages Proprietary Red Wine is deep garnet-purple in color. It rocks up with expressive notions of cassis, warm plums and black raspberries plus hints of pencil shavings, lilacs, oolong tea, unsmoked cigars and charcuterie. Full-bodied, the palate explodes with youthful black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long and layered.

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Vinous

A powerful wine, the 2016 Cinq Cépages is incredibly refined in this vintage, and yet achieves that while retaining its natural depth and textural richness. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice, leather and spice are some of the many notes that build in a beautifully layered Cinq Cépages that, unusually, will drink well right out of the gate. In a word: impressive.