Red

2012 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
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Community Tasting Notes 22

  • Castle Peak wrote: 93 points

    April 19, 2019 - Delicious!

  • Castle Peak wrote: 93 points

    March 30, 2019 - Beautiful. Fun drink.

  • F1NUT Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 25, 2018 - Now a couple of years on from my last tasting note. Cork is in perfect condition with minimum penetration and slight streaking to the first line printed on the cork (1/4 in). Shows heaps of cellaring potential as the wine itself is in superb condition. There is minimal or any tannin deposit on the sides of the bottle so has been well filtered. I bought a bottle of 2014 to replace this one and the price sure has risen.

    With alc b v 14.4% there is no lacking ripe fruit but it seems not over-ripe to me. Subtle nose of red and black berries, violets, tending slightly alcoholic. It is attractive but tending "hot" and benefits from a good decant and breathe if only to let some of that alcohol evaporate and the fruit flavours develop.

    I find it a superb blend of my favourite varieties with a definite cabernet dominance but with nice merlot and malbec fruit flavour and with franc perfume. Love it.

    It drinks medium bodied but with heaps of flavour. Perhaps a little acidic and hot on the finish which lingers on the taste buds for a minute or more. I find it impressive for a Sonoma blend, not too "big". Also its a great food wine.

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  • ajbergren wrote: 89 points

    October 28, 2018 - Very dark, royal red with very high optical density and medium plus to high reflectivity. The nose is a bit tight at first, with an appealing array of candied dark fruits. Confection, rich cassis, and a jammy forest mixture comes across as a rich array of aromas. On the palate, full bodied and fresh acidity with integrated tannins give a luxurious mouthfeel. Very broad and polished on the palate, with a hint of grain from the tannins. Comes across as a big, rich wine with a polished and plush texture. Flavours of rich dark fruits on the attack, with some confection and jam mixed in. A bit of brush and forest floor comes in at midpalate, along with some spices and florals. The finish shows some heat and oak spices, and has medium length.

    Overall, medium in complexity, but big and intense. Easy to drink, and with excellent delicious factor, this is a fun, easy-going, and yet big and "pushy" wine. It does have a certain restrained elegance to things that provide more depth beyond just a surface effect, and yet not quite in the special category. While it is very dry and bold, shows a lot of sweetness to the flavours, and a big candied fruit character. Here is a very well made wine that can definitely be aged to improve things. Certainly a tasteful use of oak here compliments the style, and provides a thoughtful take on a Sonoma-based Bordeaux blend. Very nice, and just short of outstanding. Would be a great food wine to share, as it will go over very well in a crowd- a big red that does not totally over power things, and is just a bit flashy and delicious without being too much in your face. Firm, well-made, bold, and still easy to drink!

  • Tym4wine Likes this wine: 90 points

    October 20, 2018 - Consistently good. Fine tannins. Dark fruit and mocha. Velvety mouthfeel.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    2014 Sonoma and Points North: New Releases (Feb 2016), 2/1/2016 (link)

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  • By Panel Tasting
    Californian Cabernet 2012 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chateau St. Jean
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Cinq Cépages
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma County
  • UPC Codes 089819056583, 3086570056606

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 968 (74%)
  • Consumed 340 (26%)

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