Deep crimson, black core. Huge black fruity nose, cassis, plum jam and tobacco notes. Straight-up ripe fruits, very understated but elegant; somewhat lighter-bodied than prior vintages. Pair w/ pork loin.
This is currently my favorite in their reserve line, the newer cinqs I suspect need some more time, but this one is quite drinkable now and for a few years to come for sure. Decanting is a good idea to let it open up, definitely a first wine to open with a few special guests coming over perhaps after that bottle of bubbles if one is so inclined. With food will compliment a some what lighter meal, say a pork roast or duck. All said St. Jean has consistently delivered on all their cinqs, this year just stands out just a bit more The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle.
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