Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
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The saying goes: "Bacchus loves the hills". We think one of his favorites must be Pritchard Hill where Chappellet Vineyard makes its home. This winery has earned a reputation for crafting benchmark wines defined by their strength, finesse and age-worthiness, and this Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. Give your first bottle some time in a decanter and then pour generous glasses to go with simple gorgonzola crostini. The concentration and structure of this Napa Cab will handle them beautifully. If you prefer to access the gorgeous fruit in this Chappellet red, offer up instead some bite-sized meatballs with a pomegranate currant sauce. Moving along, the dark, ripe fruit, subtle earth and herb notes, and lovely, smooth tannins require a robust partner in food. Lamb, beef and some game and game birds will do the job nicely. Our first choice with this Signature is a roast leg of lamb with mint pesto and mustard crumbs. A simple option which will really bring out the lovely tannins and espresso in the wine is your favorite (not too lean) grilled steak with a black, white and pink peppercorn sauce. If you're a game lover, bring out the dark red fruit in this California red with some roast wild boar and a balsamic dried cherry sauce. Heaven. The wealth of flavor of this Chappellet requires another course. The savory route is effortless with a formidable, ripe Camembert. But if you're in the mood for a sweet treat, the dark chocolate and espresso notes in this Napa stunner are perfect for individual molten bittersweet chocolate lava cakes. This is one hill you're going to want to climb, winelovers!! Winery
: "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 varietal character. The dry, rocky soils of Pritchard Hill produce small, intensely flavorful grapes. Crop thinning allows for full, even ripening and further elevates flavor complexity.
A classic expression of hillside Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this luxurious and powerfully structured wine begins with aromas of ripe berry, cherry, cedar and cigar box, as well as notes of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla and clove. On the palate, rich, but well-knit tannins, underscore silky berry liqueur flavors, carrying the wine to a lingering finish with hints of bay leaf and anise."
||79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot
||Napa Valley, California