The 2010 Cinq Cépages is a stunning color in the glass, deep ruby with a subtle violet colored rim. Layered aromas are vivid; black plum, blackberry compote, clove spice, tanned leather and a hint of fresh tobacco leaf. Secondary aromas of raspberry and spiced cherry mingle with notes of violet and pomegranate. The aromas lead to an incredibly juicy palate with flavors of blueberry, cherry and blackberry. Nuanced flavors of espresso and a distinct mocha component add to the complexity. The full-bodied wine has smooth, silky tannins that offer solid structure but do not overwhelm. The wine is plush and approachable yet complex and appealing in the glass. In signature Cinq Cépages form, this wine combines the strength of the diverse Sonoma County region to create a well-balanced, complex and powerful wine.
2009 Chateau St Jean Reserve Chardonnay Robert Young Alexander Valley
Classic Alexander Valley aromas of yellow stone fruit and citrus begin the nose on this bright and vibrant Chardonnay. As with most Chardonnays made from the Robert Young Vineyard, it is easy to find the signature viscosity in the mouth on this wine. Rich and mouth-coating, this wine offers pleasing lemon oil, pear and hazelnut notes along with a creamy texture. The round and juicy palate leads to a long finish with a hint of spice.
2009 Chateau St Jean Reserve Pinot Noir Sonoma County
The 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve is a blend of fruit from Durell and Benoist Ranch. Broad, yet silky tannins support an expressive core of dark red fruit in this refined, highly expressive Pinot. The 2009 impresses for its juiciness and up-front accessibility.