Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cinq Cepages
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren
A Sonoma benchmark since 1990, blended to honor five traditional grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

93 Points - Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Cinq Cepagés Proprietary Red Wine is made up of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, aged 20 months in 63% new French oak. It has a very deep purple-black color and opens with crème de cassis, warm plums and blackberry pie notes plus nuances of lavender, Provence herbs and spice box with touches of cedar and menthol. The palate is medium-bodied and wonderfully elegant in the mouth with plenty of vivacity to the fruit and a finely played, grainy frame, finishing long and lively.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018

Tasting Notes

In signature Cinq Cepages form, this classically styled Bordeaux blend shows off aromas and flavors of dark fruits, including blackberries and mountain raspberries accented with cassis, black olive, tobacco leaf and black tea. Hints of oak spice and vanilla frame a nicely balanced, well-structured wine that is rich and inviting, round  in  mouthfeel  with  a  notably  lingering  finish.  Deeply  concentrated  and  typical of the vintage, this is a wine with a solid potential for aging and gaining further complexity for those with the patience to wait for full enjoyment. 

Winemaking Notes

The  2015  Cinq  Cépages  (“Five  Varieties”)  is  a  blend  of  the  classic  Bordeaux  grapes  consisting  of  Cabernet  Sauvignon  (81%),  Merlot  (9%),  Cabernet  Franc  (4%), Malbec (4%), and Petit Verdot (2%). All five varietal components are used each vintage to create the stylized blend that is Cinq Cépages. Before blending, each component is aged separately for 20 months in 100% French oak, 63% new. Once the components are assembled, the blend spends almost an entire additional 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 2015 vintage are from some of the finest appellations throughout Sonoma County including our Sonoma Valley home district (33%) where we feature our St.  Jean  estate  vineyard  and  Moon  Mountain  District  (12%)  also  in  Sonoma  Valley,  which  gives  structure  to  the  blend  with  black,  dense  mountain  fruit.  Knights  Valley  (33%)  fruit  highlights  boysenberry  flavors  and  elegant  tannins  while  Dry  Creek  Valley  (8%)  fruit  adds  lush  juiciness  and  rich  texture.  Finally,  Alexander Valley (14%) grapes show bright berry flavors with savory herbs.

Vintage Notes

After  three  years  of  plentiful  harvests,  the  2015  vintage  brought  low,  but  outstanding yields. A mild spring and summer with almost no rain allowed the fruit to ripen at a very steady and deliberate pace, and picking began a few days earlier  than  2014.  The  drier-than-normal  conditions  and  abundant  sunshine  contributed  to  the  smaller  berry  size  and  low  yields,  resulting  in  wines  with  excellent concentration, color and flavor.