TN: 2014 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages (USA, California, Sonoma County)

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#1 Post by John Glas » November 7th, 2019, 7:32 pm

  • 2014 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages - USA, California, Sonoma County (11/5/2019)
    Day 1: High hopes for this wine and got it at a stellar price! Pop and pour. Tight on initial opening with heavy spices and tannins. Poured another glass and this features mint, spice, dark fruits, oak and earth. A big wine with plenty of future left! Would not recommend opening this wine now but already did. 90-93 point potential. No rating right now. Will see what happens on day 2/3.
    Day 2: Still tighter than hell. Coffee beans, black licorice, mulberries and spices. A little heat and tannic. Just not even close to ready. We will see on day 3 and 4 for this one.
    Day 3: Still trying to open up but more flavor on day 3. Coffee beans, blueberries, sweet cherries, spice and oak. Medium finish. This is a bruiser still. Currently around a 90 point score.
    Day 3.5: Wow this is finally opening up. Blueberries, spices, coffee beans, oak, Bing Cherries, menthol and pencil lead. This is concentrated. Medium to long finish. Will revisit this on day 4 and possibly 5. 92 points (92 pts.)
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#2 Post by Kris Patten » November 7th, 2019, 8:24 pm

Loved this wine in the mid-90s when it was $35 before the WSWOTY nod.
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#3 Post by TerryD » November 7th, 2019, 9:07 pm

Kris Patten wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Loved this wine in the mid-90s when it was $35 before the WSWOTY nod.
Agree.
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#4 Post by Anton D » November 8th, 2019, 12:02 pm

Kris Patten wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Loved this wine in the mid-90s when it was $35 before the WSWOTY nod.
Yup!

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#5 Post by Alan Rath » November 8th, 2019, 12:32 pm

Kris Patten wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Loved this wine in the mid-90s when it was $35 before the WSWOTY nod.
You could get the 94 for $16 at costco back then, 95 was $22. Even the 96 WOTY was "only" $28 at the winery (though limited). Those were the days :)
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#6 Post by Anton D » November 8th, 2019, 12:37 pm

Alan Rath wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Kris Patten wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Loved this wine in the mid-90s when it was $35 before the WSWOTY nod.
You could get the 94 for $16 at costco back then, 95 was $22. Even the 96 WOTY was "only" $28 at the winery (though limited). Those were the days :)
This is an example of WS cursing the consumer.
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#7 Post by John Glas » November 9th, 2019, 8:00 am

While I do remember this wine better years ago this wine needs some serious time. Very rare 5 day review.


2014 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages – USA, California, Sonoma County (11/5/2019)
Day 1: High hopes for this wine and got it at a stellar price! Pop and pour. Tight on initial opening with heavy spices and tannins. Poured another glass and this features mint, spice, dark fruits, oak and earth. A big wine with plenty of future left! Would not recommend opening this wine now but already did. 90-93 point potential. No rating right now. Will see what happens on day 2/3.
Day 2: Still tighter than hell. Coffee beans, black licorice, mulberries and spices. A little heat and tannic. Just not even close to ready. We will see on day 3 and 4 for this one.
Day 3: Still trying to open up but more flavor on day 3. Coffee beans, blueberries, sweet cherries, spice and oak. Medium finish. This is a bruiser still. Currently around a 90 point score.
Day 3.5: Wow this is finally opening up. Blueberries, spices, coffee beans, oak, Bing Cherries, menthol and pencil lead. This is concentrated. Medium to long finish. Will revisit this on day 4 and possibly 5. 92 points
Day 4: Excellent wine now. Nice oak, coffee beans, roasted meats, blueberries, plum, spices and menthol. Well balanced and good acidity. This wine needs some time. For now 92 with 94 potential down the road.
Recommendation: Hold for five plus years.
Day 5: Very nice with cherry, blueberry, mild spices, coffee beans and earth. Wow did this wine evolve from undrinkable to really interesting. 92 plus
Recommendation: Let this wine sleep for a minimum of 5 years. (92 points)

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#8 Post by David Baum » November 9th, 2019, 10:24 am

Picked up a mixed case with wine fridge some old lady was selling locally. There was a 97 and 98 in it. Opened a bottle last night from the case, 96 silver oak Napa and storage was perfect. Looking forward to those two as well as the Monty's and the Joey

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#9 Post by John Glas » November 9th, 2019, 4:57 pm

Picked up a mixed case with wine fridge some old lady was selling locally. There was a 97 and 98 in it. Opened a bottle last night from the case, 96 silver oak Napa and storage was perfect. Looking forward to those two as well as the Monty's and the Joey
Sounds like a good find. How did you find out about the deals?

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