Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cinq Cepages
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

The 2014 growing season in Sonoma County was long with mild temperatures resulting in very high quality fruit coming into the winery. The 2014 Cinq Cépages captures the highlights of this vintage. The opening bouquet offers layers of aromas including black raspberry, sweet currant, lifted perfumed violet and notes of baking chocolate. Secondary aromas of roasted coffee and nuanced notes of Earl Gray tea and spice add complexity.

The aromas lead to a plush palate with depth of flavors including raspberry compote and dark chocolate. The full-bodied wine is rich and refined with well-integrated, ripe tannins giving good structure. In signature Cinq Cépages form, this wine combines the strength of the diverse Sonoma County region to create an approachable, well-balanced and elegant wine. 

95 Points - Vinous

"The flagship Cinq Cepages is terrific in 2014. Rich, ample and unctuous, the 2014 offers all the richness that is such a signature of this bottling, but with better integration of tannin and finer balance than I can remember seeing in some time. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, smoke, menthol, lavender and sweet spice all meld together effortlessly. Opulent and dense on the palate, yet not at all overdone, the 2014 is fabulous.”. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2018

92 Points - Wine Advocate

"Composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, with dollops of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot (hence the name), the 2014 Cinq Cepages Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of pure, crushed black currants and blackberries plus hints of garrigue, lavender, chocolate box and wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is firmly textured with a solid frame of chewy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2017

Tasting Notes

Cinq Cépages opens with layers of aromas including black currant, cassis, delicate notes of perfumed violet, and savory tobacco leaves. Secondary aromas of roasted espresso, nuanced notes of Earl Gray tea, and sweet spices like cinnamon and clove add to the complexity. The palate finds rich, plush flavors of black raspberry and dark chocolate.

This full-bodied wine has well-integrated, ripe tannins giving the wine a mouth-pleasing structure and layers of complexity. In signature Cinq Cépages form, this wine combines the diverse strength of Sonoma County to create an approachable, well-balanced and elegant wine that is very enjoyable now and can age for many years to come.

Winemaking Notes

2014 Cinq Cépages is a blend of classic Bordeaux grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Cabernet Franc (9%), Merlot (8%), Malbec (3%),and Petit Verdot (3%). These varieties are used in each vintage, and once assembled, the blend spends almost an entire year in the bottle before release.

Vineyard Notes

Cinq Cépages is the flagship wine of Chateau St. Jean.  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 2014 vintage are from some of the finest appellations throughout Sonoma County including the Moon Mountain District in Sonoma Valley which gives structure to the blend with black, dense mountain fruit. The Knights Valley fruit highlights boysenberry flavors and elegant tannins while the Dry Creek Valley fruit adds lush juiciness and rich texture. Finally, the Alexander Valley grapes in the wine show bright berry flavors with back notes of dried herbs.

Vintage Notes

The 2014 vintage proved ideal with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012. The winter was one of the driest in California on record, but substantial early spring rains set the vines on a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder, so with early bud break and veraison, harvest was unusually early.