Deep ruby/red color, showing just the slightest hint of age around the edges. Big, classic cabernet nose, with loads of jammy cherries and blackberries barreling on through. Fruit forward in the mouth, with firm but well integrated tannins rolling over the palate. Evolves into a soft and velvety grape juice. Blackberries are the dominate fruit, with leather, tar, and strong notes of dark chocolate filling out the flavors. Just a tad bit thin on the finish, indicating that the evolution has not yet fully completed. My open up more with a bit of time and air, but I always evaluate the wine straight out of the bottle (just my way of leveling the playing field across tasting notes). A very nice wine indeed, with no doubt at least another 3 to 5 years of life left in it.
I have to say that Parker got this one wrong and Gary V was spot on. This is an 89 point wine in my opinion. It has a nice dark color, fully bodied. I'm not feeling any elegance with the blend. It's heavy cab to me with oaky flavor. Not a lot of fruit or finesse. Don't get me wrong - it drinks nicely, but I paid $45 and you can't find it less than $60 now. That's just stupid! Happy to say I only bought 2 bottles.
Agree with many of the recent reviews -- this wine is lacking something, or maybe our expectations were too high. Mushroomy, forest floor, dark cedar, black fruit and tobacco flavors predominate, but somehow it doesn't all come together smoothly. Will defer to Parker and assume maybe it's still just youthful. Wait to try next bottle for a year or two.
Popped and poured. Beautiful dark garnet. Bouquet full of life with rose, mushroom, cigar box. Was a bit muted on the palate and didn't have much life after. Semi-structured but seemed to fall apart quickly or like something just wasn't there. Might be past the prime and this is all she had. Mid to High 80's
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(CHATEAU ST JEAN CINQ CEPAGES) #2; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-dark; NOSE-beautiful, fresh ground pepper mixed w/ green beans, bacon fat, "take a little weiner dog, wrap it pigs-in-the-blanket style w/ bacon, put a lot of pepper on it, grate jalapeno & green peppers on it", beautiful chocolate & vanilla; TASTE-shocked by the enormous amount of Oak, polished, vanilla bean, solid bottle, great structure, beautiful blackberry component, fresh black ground pepper, little too Oaky and shallow for me; RP-92; GV-89
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