1997 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages
Sonoma Valley, California
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 14.4%
Price at time of purchase: $38.00 (Limited current availability)
Type: Cabernet / Bordeaux
Principal varietal(s): Bordeaux blend

This wine got a huge Parker score and the '96 was Wine Spectator's wine of the year. In our group, though, it got very mixed revierws, and the score shown is an average of our "extremes" of 85 - 89. Some thought it an excellent, elegant, complex wine (though no way is it a 94!); others found it a good but unexceptional wine that was somewhat one-dimensional, lacking in its midrange and finish, and overpriced. The wine did not seem to possess a lot of tannin in the finish and was closed; perhaps it was tasted at an awkward time or had not settled down from its recent shipment from the winery? - WB Team 2001-01-03


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