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Chateau Saint Jean Cinq Cepages Sonoma 2013

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In 1996, Chateau St. Jean became the first Sonoma County winery to nab Wine Spectator’s “Winery of the Year” plaudits. Such an award is historically impressive, but it merely serves as a touchstone for the excellence that this exquisite winery cranks out vintage after vintage. This brilliant flagship label carries forth the winery’s top-notch tradition is a massive way. Winemaking impresario Margo Van Staaveren plucks a diverse host of estate-grown varietals and lovingly guides them to form a superbly finessed Bordeaux style blend highlighted by voluptuous complexity and graceful nuance. This wine impressed the likes of Robert Parker, and it’s destined to knock the socks off of any serious blend lover.

About the wine

A lengthy growing season influenced by mild temperatures helped make 2013 an outstanding follow-up to 2012’s generational Sonoma harvest. It also produced powerful varietals with big, bold characteristics. These brazen properties allowed Chateau St. Jean’s expert winemaker ample opportunity to show off her remarkable blending skills. The one-time Wine Enthusiast Winemaker of the Year gently coerces the quintet of varietals to play nice with each other, drawing out cohesion that allows each grape to highlight its finest properties. This carefully curated sense of finesse yields a 90+point Bordeaux-style phenom driven by elegant restraint and full-bodied complexity. Layered notes of black raspberry, violet, baking chocolate, sweet currant, roasted coffee, and subtle Earl Gray tea greet the nose. The aromatics segue to a plush palate transition marked by deep, opulent notes of dark chocolate and raspberry compote. Ripe, well-integrated tannins propel a gracefully structured finish. It’s a wine that brilliantly straddles the line that separates European style with California soul, making it an essential collection for blend aficionados of all stripes.

Winemaker: Margo Van Staaveren
AppellationSonoma County
- 95pts, Alex Casella, WSET Advanced
- 92pts, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
- 4.4/5.0, Vivino Users
Grapes: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 3% Petite Verdot
Vineyards: Estate Vineyard
Cooperage: 23 Months in French Oak, 51% New 
ABV: 14.8%

About the winery & vineyards

Without Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma County may still exist within Napa’s shadow. It’s a bold statement, but it’s one that’s backed up by some prestigious hardware. It was crowned Winery of the Year by Wine Spectator back in 1996, becoming the first Sonoma winery to haul in such honors. Its winemaking impresario Margo Van Staaveren was also awarded Winemaker of the Year status by Wine Enthusiast in 2008. Not too bad for a venue whose historic property was initially built during the throes of Prohibition. Their well-earned acclaim has been unwaveringly forged by operating in a classic European style; one that runs on the fuel on single vineyard sourcing and promotion. And Margo didn’t have to go too far to source the grapes for this exemplary Bordeaux-style blend. She turns to the winery’s own St. Jean Estate Vineyards, traversing its 93 planted acres for fruit that overindulged in the landscape’s cool, bay-influenced temperatures and well-draining volcanic soils. Her nonparallel blending abilities guide the diverse varietals she sourced into a harmonious symphony of terroir that once again proves Sonoma stands up strongly in the face of Napa. 

About the winemaker

Margo Van Staaveren is as much as a fixture at Chateau St. Jean as the property itself. She’s carried the title of Winemaker and General Manager here since 2003, but she first joined the winery as a lab tech in 1980, one year removed from being a fresh-faced graduate from UC Davis’s prestigious winemaking program. While she cultivated her skills alongside her husband and former Chateau St. Jean Winemaker Don Van Staaveren for 16 years, her abilities as a blending guru stand out on her own. It’s a viticultural prowess that hasn’t been lost on those in the know, as best witnessed by her scoring “Winemaker of the Year” honors by Wine Enthusiast back in 2008. Margo’s earned such praise by firmly sticking to a belief that great wines aren’t just made, they’re grown from exceptional vineyards.  

95pts, Alex Casella, WSET Advanced

Black purple color with a subdued nose out the gate that evidently shows that this wine needs some time to blossom. Heaps of black fruits, grilled rosemary, cedar, blackberry compote, blueberry cobbler, smoke, vanilla bean and tar. My initial assessment conveys a wine that is built for the ages. This will be a showstopper, however, needs time in the bottle to show its bounty and potential. Decant now or age in the cellar for next 5-15 years.

92pts, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

"Dense ruby/purple with a restrained but promising bouquet of cassis, tobacco leaf, subtle oak, this full-bodied wine is very youthful, dense, and extremely promising. Always one the winery's classics this should be at its best between 2018 and 2035."



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Bordeaux Style – Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2013!
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Bordeaux Style – Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2013!
Margo Van Staaveren creates a finessed Bordeaux-style blend highlighted by voluptuous complexity and graceful nuance.
Margo Van Staaveren creates a finessed Bordeaux-style blend highlighted by voluptuous complexity and graceful nuance.
1996 WS Winery of the Year
2008 WE Winemaker of the Year
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#review=Alex Casella, WSET Advanced:
95 / 100
#review=Robert Parker, Wine Advocate:
92 / 100
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