|Region||California, Sonoma County|
|Brand||Chateau St. Jean|
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Chateau St. Jean Cinq flagship Cinq Cepages is positively brilliant in 2015. Fresh, nuanced and classy, it shows a much more refined style than was the norm here just a few years ago.
Chateau St. Jean Cinq has a very deep purple-black color and opens with crème de cassis, warm plums, and blackberry pie notes plus nuances of lavender, Provence herbs, and a spice box with touches of cedar and menthol.
In signature Cinq Cepages form, this classically styled Bordeaux blend shows off aromas and flavors of dark fruits, including blackberries and mountain raspberries accented with cassis, black olive, tobacco leaf and black tea.
Hints of oak spice and vanilla frame a nicely balanced, well-structured wine that is rich and inviting, round in mouthfeel with a notably lingering finish.
Deeply concentrated and typical of the vintage, this is a wine with a solid potential for aging and gaining further complexity for those with the patience to wait for full enjoyment.
The 2015 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Proprietary Red Wine is made up of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, aged 20 months in 63% new French oak.
The palate is medium-bodied and wonderfully elegant in the mouth with plenty of vivacity to the fruit and a finely played, grainy frame, finishing long and lively.
Blackberries, blueberries, spearmint and hints of mint. Medium-bodied, tight and focused with beautifully polished tannins and a long, driven finish.