Chateau St Jean is usually one of our stops when we head to Sonoma.  We generally go right to their reserve room.  This particular selection we purchased back in 2010 when we were out that way for a wedding.

When the wine arrived home we put in the wine cellar and forgot about it until Saturday.  Truthfully it could have spent another year in the bottle, but it was enjoyed by all.

The Eight-Five Fifty-Five is a Cabernet blend and what stood out immediately for me was the Syrah. It came across in the aroma and on the palate.

The wine had aromas of cigar box and spice with hint of rose petal and berry. Luscious flavors of black currants, blackberries and mature dark berry fruit on the palate.  It finished with some nice spice filled with black pepper and clove.

It was a great wine to warm up with on a cold winter’s night.