2009 Chateau St.Jean Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
The dense color of this wine highlights the rich, layered qualities found in the 2009 vintage. Aromas of boysenberry and cassis provide a bright fruit foundation to light floral and sweet milk chocolate notes. The palate finds more fullness of flavor in ripe blackberry and dark stone fruit, interwoven with black licorice and cocoa powder. The plush, full mouthfeel finds structure in well-integrated tannins and draws out to a consistent, lengthy finish. The 2008 Cinq Cépages is designed to be accessible now but blended for successful long-term aging.
Cinq Cépages, a stylish blend of five Bordeaux varietals, is the flagship wine of Chateau St. Jean. Originally crafted from the 1990 vintage using Sonoma grapes including from our estate vineyards in Kenwood, the sourcing has expanded to include fruit from nearly every growing region within Sonoma County, making this elegant wine a superb representative of the appellation.
VINTAGE & VINEYARDS
Each year, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren selects fruit from the finest Bordeaux varietal vineyards to craft a wine that showcases the best of Sonoma County. The primary grape sources for the 2009 vintage are Alexander, Knights, and Sonoma Valleys. The Alexander Valley grapes highlight bright berry with back notes of dried herbs, while the Sonoma Valley fruit, including that from our home vineyard on the St. Jean Estate, brings black, dense mountain fruit to the blend. The Knights Valley fruit adds boysenberry flavors and elegant tannins.