Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Napa Valley, California) - [WA 93+] [JS 93] [JD 92] [DC 91]

Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
(Napa Valley, California) - [WA 93+] [JS 93] [JD 92] [DC 91]

Regular price $135.00 Sale price $59.99 Save $75.01

WA93+ JS93 JD92 DC91
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Notes from the Winemaker:
The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon has been our flagship wine for more than three decades. It is a benchmark for the long-lived hillside wines of the Napa Valley; full of structure and aging potential, yet seductively forward in its concentrated varietal character. The dry, rocky soils of Pritchard Hill produce small, intensely flavorful grapes. Crop thinning allows for full, even ripening and elevates flavor complexity.

Tasting Notes

Rich, dark and concentrated, this wine displays luxurious aromas of crème de cassis, plum, ripe berries, anise and fresh herbs, as well as hints of vanilla, clove, dark chocolate and sweet spices from aging in French oak. On the lush, layered palate, supple fine-grained tannins frame the dark berry and black plum flavors, with hints of cedar, espresso and tobacco leaf adding sophistication to a long, voluptuous finish.

Varietal Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Petit Verdot 5% Malbec

Ratings & Reviews

93+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec. It was harvested from September 18 to October 30, and the alcohol weighed in at 14.5%. Deep garnet-purple in color, exuberant notes of warm plums, ripe black and red currants and black cherries come bounding out of the glass with suggestions of cedar chest, unsmoked cigars and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is simply singing with juicy black fruits and velvety tannins, finishing long with some baking spice hints coming through. Open for business now, this wine can easily be cellared for 20 years or more." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (5th Nov 2020)

93 Points - James Suckling:
"Lots of blackcurrant and blueberry with violet and boysenberry. Some chocolate, too. Full-bodied with lightly dusty tannins that give a special texture and beauty to the wine. Flavorful and intense at the finish. Better after 2023." (1/2021)

92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"This larger production cuvée from this estate is always a winner, and the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature checks in as 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec. Beautiful crème de cassis, camphor, toasted spice, leather, and earthy tobacco notes all emerge from the glass, and this beauty is medium to full-bodied, supple, and seamless on the palate, with loads of up-front appeal."(1/2021)

91 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Aromas of sage and rosemary mix with black-and-purple fruits on the nose. The palate is soft, polished and deep, with a subtle edge to the tannins. Becomes more succulent and fresh with exposure to oxygen. A textbook mountain Napa Valley Cabernet." - Matthew Luczy (10/12/2020)