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1997 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Sonoma County
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86 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2002

Bright medium ruby. High-toned nose of cherry, mint and bourbony oak. Fat, supple and sweet, with fruit-driven flavors of cherry, currant, minerals and cedar and an exotic note of coconut. Brighter in the mouth than the reserve merlot. Finishes with firm, ripe tannins that turned a bit dry as the wine opened in the glass.

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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