2009 Chateau St. Jean "Cinq Cepages" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend (Previously $60)
Another superb Cinq Cépages. A blend of all five classic Bordeaux grape varieties, but based on Cabernet Sauvignon, it is both immediately pleasurable and intensely complex. Waves of black currants, dark chocolate, green olives, licorice and toasty oak roll across the palate, wrapped into firm, dusty tannins. Very good now but should develop further over the next 8–10 years. Easy to find, with 11,000 cases produced. Cellar Selection.
As energetic as it is rich and loaded with very deep and long-lasting fruit that is enriched by beautifully matched oak, Chateau St. Jean's latest Cinq Cepages is a compelling, well-crafted opus that is hard not to like even now. That said, its early charms are exceeded by its long-term potential, and, however supple and juicy and inviting it may be at present, it has the structure and balance to age into better if cellared away.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The estate's flagship 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cepages is a wine mostly of promise at this stage. Mocha, espresso and savory herbs add nuance and complexity as this dark wine gradually unfurls in the glass. I see terrific depth and richness here, but readers will have to be patient. There is a lot going on here. A second bottle tasted in a complete vertical of Cinq Cepages came across as blend of 2007 and 2008, with a slight nod to the older vintage. The 2009 was impressive in that setting as well. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full medium red. Inviting aromas of redcurrant, licorice, herbs, graphite and tobacco leaf, lifted by a peppery nuance. Suave, lively and fine-grained, with attractive inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of redcurrant, licorice, herbs and minerals. Juicy, firmly tannic wine with moderate ripeness but no shortage of energy or personality. Made in a rather subdued, traditional style, this blend should age gracefully.