TN: 1997 Cinq Cepages, 2004 Adrian Fog Pinot, 2007 Edmeades Zin

  • 1997 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages - USA, California, Sonoma County (7/22/2009)
    A bit of bricking on the edges. Currant, pencil lead, anise in a light body wine. Tannins are still pronounced but the fruit is a tad thin. Drink up now. Significant downturn since 2004. (88 pts.)
  • 2007 Edmeades Winery Zinfandel - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (7/21/2009)
    I was a bit leery when I heard a dinner companion order this wine. I wasn’t familiar with it and some less expensive CA Zins can be too big and jammy for a typical meal. I was wrong. This wine was soft and balanced with pretty red fruit that while it doesn’t wow, it doesn’t muscle its way into the meal. >15% alcohol is fairly well hidden. Notes of new leather accompany the red plum fruit. (86 pts.)
  • 2004 Adrian Fog Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (7/20/2009)
    My experience with Adrian Fog pinot is that it is built for the cellar. This one was no exception: the 2004 is starting to open up but still could use some time. Tart cherry, cola, black olives, forest floor, and a touch of celery seed in this medium bodied wine. Not big and fruity but rather subtle and complex. (90 pts.)

Posted from CellarTracker

I haven’t had the Cinq Cepages in three years. I have one left. It was in good shape three years ago, which was why I put it aside to age a few more years (and then forgot about it). Sounds like I had better drink up soon.

Also sounds like Parker overestimated the drinking window (2005-2015), considerably.

Jeff, if you’ve owned the bottles of CC since release, I would not worry one little bit. The wine is great. Last time I had it, showed great, no downside to the wine.

On the other hand, it sure drinks well, so just open a bottle and enjoy!!! flirtysmile



Thanks. I have mine since release, but with only one left, may as well drink up now.

My experience with the 97 CC has been the same as Randy’s. It is likely still drinking well now, but it was at its best 5 years ago. It may still be good, but IMHO it is past peak.

Had a 97 CC a year or so ago and it was blown away by a 96 Forman.