What a brute. Big oak. Lots of tannin. Some blueberry/black fruit, but not a lot. Lots of wood textures—cigar box/tobacco. I’m looking for raw meat to go with this one. There is no denying, though, that this is a cab lover’s cab. I’m saying that this one will take years to calm down. Whether it will achieve the elegance of a great Bordeaux is unclear to me, but it could be a great ride.
dense, concentrated, still lively, but with dense cocoa and black fruits complimented by violets. slightest hint of green astringency on finish. By the structure, excellent balanced Napa Cab, but by the aroma, a bit overdone and dull
The wine looks purple colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like cherry, black currant (cassis), cranberry and dust. It tastes like red currant, blueberry, cherry, light toast and vanilla. The body is medium/full. The wine has round texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has low acidity.
On initial opening at room temp of 72F, this was overtly high in ethaol vapors but the fruit was solid, so back in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and then out for the rest. Seriously solid fruit core of cassis and deep red cheery and oak showing as dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean. Thick mouthfeel but the good acid to tannin ratio makes this a really enjoyable bottle of wine. Went well with strip streaks and grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash.
Decent wine....consistent notes from December 2012. From 1.5L decanted 2 hours but changed little. cassis and graphite but a touch hot and a sharp edge that did not dissipate with time. Essentially the same from 18 months ago so I wonder if this will ultimately integrate. Decent value and paired nicely with ribeyes.
This is my first bottle of a six pack I bought from the winery in January 2011. The '08 has improved since I tasted it at the winery. It is not as opulent as the '04 or '07 Signature Cab. BUT, it has more energy, balance, complexity, and character. I am just LOVING this wine tonight.
Drinking really well right now. No formal notes. I was just enjoying the night, wine and the company. Feels like it's got some time left, but don't be shy to pop it open, decant it for an hour and enjoy. Sorry, shitty tasting note, but well made wine.
Busted out the magnum for some close friends. Very smooth and nice black fruit. I really don't see this improving but should hold for at least five years. Doesn't have the complexity or finish to warrant a higher score. Still this is a solid effort and a great example of a deep and established Napa cab.
Dangerously tasty and persistent. Others have perfectly identified the flavor profile. However, I disagree with the apparent consensus that this is mature, soft and ready to drink. My bottles have been in a cool cellar since purchase (from a temp-controlled store to boot). The tannins in this bottle made themselves clearly known (though not harsh). I'm going to sit on my other 2 bottles for at least 3 years, maybe 5-10. Still, great juice.
Have only had 2-3 bottles from this producer but thet are always really good and makes me wonder "why don't I buy more from these guys"? Drinking very well right now with cassis, cedar and nice finish.
Aromas of fresh berries and violets jumped right out of the bottle even before the pour; Cherries and plum flavors up front and mid-palate. Great mouth-feel and tannins are in check. Very long finish with notes of black licorice, figs and dark roast coffee beans.
I really enjoyed this, but it need a bit more cellar time. Decanted so the wine could warm up to drinking temperature. This was deep inky purple in the glass and had an elegant nose of black, blue fruit and violets towards the edges of the wine glass. In the mouth the wine had good acidity and mineral that beefed things up a bit, but the tastes of cassis, blackberry and dark plum, mixed with a bit of black cherry. Initial nuances are starting to form including some baking spice and mocha with a touch of vanilla. A bit of loamy earth as well. For a $30 Napa Cab, this was so smooth in its tannins, very silky. The finish was decent in length and the fruits/vanilla remained in my thoughts for over a minute. It paired nicely with grilled steak on top of mushroom risotto.
No formal notes taken as this was drank toward the end of the night but this was a big, smooth Napa cab. Could have probably benefited from a decanting or some air time but otherwise, this wine is ready to drink.
An Evening of Chappellet 1/25/2013 2003 Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Signature - 90 30 mins decant drinking wonderfully still youthful amazing wine 2004 Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Signature - 91 lush 30 mins decanted mouth coating red fruit gentle wine 2005 Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Signature - 93 Home Run WOTN - wow fruit structure and mojo 2006 Chappellet Vineyard Mountain Cuvee - 88 Solid mellow cuvee more oak than fruit 2007 Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Signature - 92 Outstanding - some citrus? But a long finish...great nose 2008 Chappellet Vineyard Mountain Cuvee - 90 Delightful probably right in the peak of drinking window 2008 Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Signature 91 - Big wine, red fruit, cider, vanilla....love this wine 2010 Chappellet Vineyard Mountain Cuvee "Cervantes" 87 - Tannic needs a longer decant or cellar nap still enjoyable
Solid wine. Uncorked with a nice dark stain on the extremely tight cork! (thought this one was going to break). 80% of this bottle was consumed pop and pour - the remaining 20 percent sat for about 90 minutes in the bottle. First impression - black, inky nose, restrained fruit. Nose in the glass was really about the same. On the palate however, was a bit different. The palate was all about the dark, black currant mountain fruit. Now, this is nice, but the Pritchard Hill Estate Cab is about a million times more dense. There was a light vanilla front that blew off to black currant, some mocha in the mid-palate, but this is all about the mountain fruit. Finished with a tannic backbone that was softer than I anticipated at this 2008 age. Really a very nice wine. If I could afford to drink this every night, it would be the go to. Nice full bodied Signature Cab from Chappellet.
With veal chop fm bbq. Very cali cab but great all around, fruit, body and length. Vanil tones with dark cherry taste. Just yummy. Great now but probably excelllent 5 yrs from now. It will come together.
Rich, thick, creamy texture. Notes of dark cherry, coffee, dark chocolate with a lifted character and its density surpasses the '06, and probably matches the '07. The balance is undeniably remarkable. Drink now to get more gripping tannins until 2023.
Bought off a restaurant list at basically retail. Decanted and drank over 90 minutes. Dark fruit, earth on the palate. Well balanced and smooth with decent length. Would love to see this with a longer decant or in a few years.
this was an excellent wine and worth the $$ - it was uninspiring as far as most memorable, but will enjoy the other 2 bottles - good for a few more years and should get better in a friendly way. It was tough right out of the bottle - high alcohol - tannic - but started to chill out after about a half hour. It really started to become smoother. Drank after two hours. Dark brooding fruits - anise, stewed dark berries, slight chocalate, friendly mouthfeel and a finish that was very appropriate in length. It took a sip or two to be welcoming to the pallet and would go great with steak or any big meat. Perhaps a 90 is in it's future - needs a little more time.
Popped and let breathe in the bottle for several hours.
Initial pour shows dark ruby red from rim to rim; a smooth sheen coats the glass with very few legs. The nose reveals lots of dark berry fruit with a hint of spiciness; there is also a bit of a nutty character - walnut? - as well.
On the palate, a distinct dustiness follows an explosion of fruit; the dustiness lingers with the fruit on the finish. As the wine opens up, Dino begins to snork a bit in anticipation. Dino loves his vino!
Very nice round fruit that rolls around on the palate, but the wine lacks the depth I would think the “Signature” should have - this wine is on a par with the ’07 Mountain Cuvée as of now; we’ll see as it develops further. It could just be that it is too young in which case: my bad.
On day 2 the wine is about the same with nice smooth fruits rolling on the palate and lingering on the finish. I must say I’m a tad disappointed as I had extrapolated from the ’07 Mountain Cuvée that the ’08 Signature would be quite a bit more tasty. I’ll try one of my ’07 Signatures this winter and see how that compares, perhaps ’08 is just more closed at this point although IIRC ’08 was a more forward year for Napa Cabs…
The finish is really really nice though; I can taste dark cherry and a réprise of the dustiness a full minute after my last sip, so I’m thinking I just drank this too soon. Dino is not pleased! We’ll have to consider the drinking window a little more carefully in the future.
Pop and poured. Berry, vanilla and a hint of oak in the nose and taste. The tannins were softer, the wine was well balanced, and it had a medium length finish. I found it very approachable for such a young wine that did not need decanting. Had a deliciousness factor that made it very popular with a group of non-wine drinking customers. 91+
Nose of blackberry an some hints of blueberry. Concentrated red and black fruits with hints of herbs and spices. Roasted coffee and chocolate tones. Rich tannins provide great structure. - Tasted at winery 12/30/10
Chappellet Vertical 2000-2008 (The Twelves, West Grove PA): Rich black fruits, coffee and chocolate. While I'll liked the 06 quite a bit, I enjoyed this for its primary fruit. It also showed more complexity than the 07 with its cofee and chocolate notes. #2 in the flight for me but I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Tasted at the winery. Graphite, lavendar, cassis, blueberry, and tobacco on the nose. Lots of savory notes on the palate- cedar and leather, with cassis and currant. Round approachable tannins and a longish finish. A little more straight forward and less complex than the 2006 I had recently, but very nice.
Stands up to the 2006! I almost lost my head here thinking Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, and layers of fruit in this mountain bomb. This is a well-structured wine, a little intense right away, but just flows effortlessly on the palate for 1-2 minutes. Concentrated and rich, this wine shows what Chappellet stands for and the firm, leathery tannins leave you reaching for the glass more often. Resist and you will be drinking a beauty within 30-45 minutes as if you opened a 5 year aged bottle. Salute!
chappellet wine dinner. $43. this wine has some history, and i wish i understood better how it evolved to this, an overtly simple, sweet tannin, toasted oak blob of disappointing fruit. this is the wine you hang your family hat on? whoa. i can't grasp the concept of the so called fabulous terroir translating into this. methinks they need to refocus.
17th Annual Central Carolina Food and Wine Festival (Medallion Center, Columbia, SC.): I think it may be possible to discern particular flavor, aroma, and mouth feel characteristics from Pritchart Hill in the same manner we do for say, Stags Leap, or Rutherford. I have not tried enough of these to make definitive conclusions, but I am getting a powdery earth, rocky, and mineral profile that may be unique. Would be fun to do some serious research. The rest of this wine is textbook premium Napa Valley Cabernet. Dark. Full bodied. The small amounts of Bordeaux blending varietals add some texture and flavor. Focused dark fruit with interesting and enhancing non fruit components. Rich. Refined tannins. You get no indication that the alcohol is 14.9%. Ripe finish.
Predictably Californian in its ponderous, smoky, blackberry-drugged way. Somewhat thick on the palate, low acid. I couldn't even make it swing with a steak and that's not a good sign. Wins a truth in advertising award with 14.9% ABV on the label, assuming that's accurate, cause it tastes like more to me.
Shocking! That's the word. This 08 vintage is surprisingly drinkable. Giving it 93 for the value. Dark rich jammy cherry and cocoa with a well balanced creaminess and smooth long finish I didn't expect for this price point. The controlled oak and vanilla from this 08 comes off as very pleasant and enjoyable. Thank you Phil!
Dark purple in color. Aromas of raspberry, blackberry, along with cola and some clove. Palate with present but soft tannins and nice moderate finish. Moderate complexity but not much layering. May yet be a little young.
Tasted at the winery. I have been enjoying the Chappellet Signature Cab for several years. I still have bottles of '04 thru '07 in the cellar. This was my first taste of the '08. I really liked it and wrote down a numerical score, but didn't make notes to report. I bought a six pack.
Sacrificed a bottle toward the end of a night of many Cali wines and was not able to assess the wine. Very primary and grapey at this stage with some big, dry tannins. I will not touch another bottle for 2-3 years.
Made from a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 9% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot this wine shows a bright purple colour. I found jammy berry fruit and toasty oak aromas on the nose. The palate started out a little austere, but mellowed in the glass. Medium to full in body I found savoury, earthy, menthol characters with nice French oak and a very dry finish.
This Vineyard never disappoints me. I have a great fondness for Chappellet and often times becomes my go to wine. Very deep in color, ruby. The nose had spice, fruit and great elegance. The wine was velvety and smooth but still had tannins and acid. Traces of blueberries and rasberries and vanilla. Really enjoyed this wine. Will be great for many years to come.