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!!
95 Points, James Suckling: "This is very complex, with blackcurrants, tobacco and cedar. Some sandalwood and terra cotta, too. Medium to full bodied with ultra fine tannins that are creamy textured and so long and pure. Attractive and complex. 77% cabernet sauvignon with petit verdot, malbec and merlot. So good now to drink, but will age beautifully."
94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: "Always a smoking value that readers shouldn't miss, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature sports a dense purple color to go with beautiful cassis and blueberry-like fruits as well as bouquet garni, spice, and obvious, rocky mineral-like aromas and flavors. Rich and medium to full-bodied, with notable structure and good acidity, it's going to keep for two decades in cold cellars. It's a candidate for the best Napa Cabernet under $100."
|Varietal||85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec|
|Region||Napa Valley, California|
|Grapes||85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec|