This is still a great wine! Fully mature, rich, full bodied. Great fruit--cherry, raspberry. Wonderful nose. Cedar, tobacco, saddle leather. This will not get better, so if you are lucky enough to have some of this lying around, drink it up!
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Tasted On 01/18/2010
During the Dolan's get together we opened the Chateau St. Jean after the Caymus and Heitz Napa's. The wine was great! Good color, clarity. Medium weight, good fruit upfront, soft and enjoyable. Both very nice! Not a great wine but a good wine for the money! Both were better a few years ago but will still be good for a couple more.
Dense, rich and complex describes this '96 California Cabernet--with its layers of currant, mineral, plum, cherry and toasty oak and its broad, intense and deeply flavorful finish. An extraordinary wine, scoring classic and well-priced. Best from 2000 through 2008. 11,300 cases made. (JL)Wine Advocate #127 (Feb 2000) Robert Parker 92 points Drink 2000-2015 $34.00 The 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 ye WIne Spectator #1 wine of the year in 1999. Value in 2005 approximately $120