Chappellet 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature
2019 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon “Signature” Napa Valley
San Francisco Wine Panel Score 94 Points
This Cab is both focused and distinctive as 2019 has proven an outstanding vintage for this always reliable bottling. The nose delivers blueberry, sour dark cherry, black raspberry and pomegranate fruits in high relief, with notes of vanilla, toffee, dark pipe tobacco and dark earth in support. Flavors of blueberry and black raspberry dominate on the palate, with notable contrasts of graphite, dried herbs and damp forest notes. The tannins are substantial yet are so polished that at no time do they challenge the mid-palate fruit and the lingering finish. Delicious already, it is likely five years from its full expression.
Packs an alluring, winey feel, with a well of cassis and plum reduction laced with hints of cocoa, tobacco and singed cedar. Picks up a cast iron note on the finish, giving this just a bit of muscle as the fruit plays out. Best from 2023 through 2036. 18,000 cases made J.M.