If I would have opened this wine on day wine and consumed it would have been a disappointment and certainly a wine I would not recommend. However this wine has to be the evolution of the year over the course of 5 days. That is where patience comes into play via my 3 Day Wine Review philosophy (in this case 5 day wine review).
This wine is available at the best price in the country by far at 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits. Sale ends this Sunday, November 10 so get in there and stock up on the fall wine sale of the year in MN.
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)