Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages 1996
|Brand||Chateau St. Jean|
Wine AdvocateThe dark ruby/purple-colored 1996 Cinq Cepages (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot) exhibits a moderately intense nose of black cherries, chocolate, smoke, dried herbs, and toasty oak. As reported last year, it appears to be California's version of a big, rich St.-Emilion. Offering elegance and finesse along with copious quantities of fruit, glycerin, and flavor, this medium to full-bodied wine has evolved nicely over the last year, and can be drunk now as well as over the next 12-15 years.
Wine EnthusiastToast and heavily roasted coffee-bean aromas dominate the nose at first, but a bright core of black-currant and blackberry fruit begins to emerge with vigorous swirling. Shows impressive concentration, a gorgeous silky mouthfeel and fine tannins, with only a bit of astringency on the finish-something that a few years in the cellar should cure. Best from 2002.
Wine SpectatorScents of red currant, herb, sage and tobacco are firm, tight and tannic on the palate, making this well-structured. A hint of sweet, ripe fruit midpalate provides a complex note, but this turns very dry and tannic on the finish.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2011.