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Community Tasting Notes (151) Avg Score: 89.6 points

  • - Ruby color with medium forming legs and aromas of dusty and blackberry. It's balanced and has flavours of strawberry and blackberry with a light/medium body. Round texture with a medium finish.

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  • mellow, now. A little understated and unremarkable, though age had created a very drinkable experience, graphite and barnyard were a bit absent

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  • cellared at 58F since purchased at winery in 2003 or '04; consumed with meatloaf/baked potato/broccoli dinner; bottle opened about 90 minutes before consuming; plenty of tannin left; underlying flavor of chocolate; I have six more bottles and will be in no hurry to drink them as I believe they will continue to mellow with age;

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  • Cellar Mini-Disaster; 12/15/2013-1/15/2014 (At Home): Pop/pour + 15 minutes in glass: on the nose, relatively more rich than I was expecting given the vintage and prior outings. Red fruit with a hint of green tightness. On the palate, decent balance but less ripe fruit as compared to other vintages of this wine. Overall still remains soft on the palate, with some tannins remaining. Decent wine for the vintage. G. greatly prefers this style to the '04 Foley Claret opened last night. Go figure.

    To that point, people who like a more restrained Cab / Cab blend will enjoy this styling. Drinks well now, and should carry for at least another several years. Probably 90-91 points.

    Update Day 2: I normally don't get around to writing second day updates, but in this case, the change was so dramatically positive I found it noteworthy. Any rough edges, any hint of tightness - gone. On the nose, a sense of mature cab with the but still more fruit dominant with just hints of secondary development. On the palate - silky smooth and surprisingly rich. Tonight, this tastes more like an aged Left Bank than it does contemporary Napa. 93-94 points tonight, being as objective as I can be, and frankly I like this better than that score. This is one of those unexpected pleasant surprises that makes this hobby interesting.

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  • This is very balanced with an Old World elegance but some solid New World fruit. It is drinking very well now, but is likely to continue to improve into 2015. A surprisingly good value.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/21/2004, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 83 points

    (Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq CÚpages) Tight nose; oaky, thin, woody

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