Chateau St. Jean

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.154 ratings
9.11 pro ratings
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Boris Mathiszik

A little aged and integrating nicely. Still plenty of fruit but mellowed tannins - great balance.

A little aged and integrating nicely. Still plenty of fruit but mellowed tannins - great balance.

Oct 7th, 2018
JJ Lumia

This is really under-rated. I can see why. You need to want this. The initial blackberry is immediately overtaken by a heaping amount of road tar and tobacco. It's awesome, but not for everyone. Velvety mouthfeel, but the tannins remain powerful on the finish. Needs some more time to settle down. WS Top 100. Terrific value here. Practically stole this for $20.

This is really under-rated. I can see why. You need to want this. The initial blackberry is immediately overtaken by a heaping amount of road tar and tobacco. It's awesome, but not for everyone. Velvety mouthfeel, but the tannins remain powerful on the finish. Needs some more time to settle down. WS Top 100. Terrific value here. Practically stole this for $20.

2 people found it helpfulJun 13th, 2016
Li Man
9.1

Bought at the winery. Really good. Good value.

Bought at the winery. Really good. Good value.

1 person found it helpfulJul 24th, 2016
JJ Lumia

This was so memorable. I bought a case of it. This is one of my last bottles. Drink now if you have. It’s peaked. Great fruit with a minty edge and loamy finish but the secondary flavors are gone and it’s taking on a slightly jammy feel.

This was so memorable. I bought a case of it. This is one of my last bottles. Drink now if you have. It’s peaked. Great fruit with a minty edge and loamy finish but the secondary flavors are gone and it’s taking on a slightly jammy feel.

Mar 12th, 2018
JJ Lumia

A former WS Top 100 and one of my previous wines of the year. Haven’t had this in a year. Cracked one open to see how things were looking. Terrific blackberry fruit and currant. Silky with a chalk-filled finish. Losing some of the secondary flavors which were previously a lot more pronounced. This is still drinking nicely, albeit not as memorable. Start consuming what you have.

A former WS Top 100 and one of my previous wines of the year. Haven’t had this in a year. Cracked one open to see how things were looking. Terrific blackberry fruit and currant. Silky with a chalk-filled finish. Losing some of the secondary flavors which were previously a lot more pronounced. This is still drinking nicely, albeit not as memorable. Start consuming what you have.

Jan 13th, 2018
Orion Schemenauer

Very pleasant, nutty, low acid, med/low tannin

Very pleasant, nutty, low acid, med/low tannin

Mar 18th, 2017
Steve Haro

Nose is simmering tomato sauce. Paprika and black tea and blueberry and earth. Puckering tannin. This is a great wine.

Nose is simmering tomato sauce. Paprika and black tea and blueberry and earth. Puckering tannin. This is a great wine.

Feb 5th, 2017
JJ Lumia

#KWN Wine 7. This totally held up. Big and bold, super long finish. Dark chocolate, smoky finish, medium to full bodied.

#KWN Wine 7. This totally held up. Big and bold, super long finish. Dark chocolate, smoky finish, medium to full bodied.

Feb 5th, 2017
Tiffany Frinzi

Delicious!

Delicious!

Jan 22nd, 2017
JJ Lumia

Know I've posted this a lot lately. First, I bought a case. So sue me. 😬 Second, even though it's not entirely fair to compare across vintages, I still wanted to compare to the '06 Hall and Chappellet while fresh on my palate. Even though half the price, it holds up. That speaks volumes. A bit thinner than both, but still would easily rank above the Chappellet. The '06 Hall was pretty special, though, and outdistances both.

Know I've posted this a lot lately. First, I bought a case. So sue me. 😬 Second, even though it's not entirely fair to compare across vintages, I still wanted to compare to the '06 Hall and Chappellet while fresh on my palate. Even though half the price, it holds up. That speaks volumes. A bit thinner than both, but still would easily rank above the Chappellet. The '06 Hall was pretty special, though, and outdistances both.

Jan 12th, 2017