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1996 Chateau St Jean - Cinq Cepages Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Sonoma - Red

USA - California - Sonoma

Red Proprietary Blend
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Comm: 2006-2011

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 90
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Source Jancis Robinson
Author Jundt and Maritz wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.333%
Tasted On 06/09/2013
Drink Dates 2013-2014

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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Author quesyrah
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.333%
Tasted On 05/11/2011

winer of the night. Mistaken for a Bordeaux, Aussie Shiraz or Foley Claret

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Author Kenneth A344
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.679%
Tasted On 05/30/2010

Excellent. Needs air but very good.

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Author Bryon
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.465%
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.

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Author peter k lee
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Tasted On 09/13/2009

berry & oak

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Author rich husted
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.142%
Tasted On 03/20/2009
Drink Dates 2000-2008

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

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