chateau st jeanEveryone needs a wine to take to a party of people who don’t drink much of it. This can be that wine.

Chateau St. Jean is a long-lived fixture in Sonoma’s wine scene with an inaugural vintage in 1974. Now owned by the conglomerate Treasury Wine Estates, they still produce good wines at the reserve and Cinq Cépages level.

This is their entry level Cabernet Sauvignon and while it kinda, sorta has Cab-like aromas, it is too sweet for Cab lovers and you have to hunt for tannins with a divining rod.

This is definitely made for the easy drinking crowd. If you don’t mind a little sweetness it doesn’t offend.

Good aroma intensity with plum, blackberry, with a raisin undercurrent, and thin layer of dust. The palate is rendered in chocolate-covered cherries, smooth without being particularly lush, but a spark of acidity on the finish comes to the rescue and it finishes dry and short. Medium plus body but feels cumbersome in the mouth.

Score: 84

Price: $12 (Purchase information)

Alc: 13.8%