Great cab that has aged quite gracefully. Dark plum, spice, black raspberry, high acid but still round. Paired perfectly with with the venison tenderloin and garlic mashed potatoes. Still has a lot of life in it yet, fruit dominated yet.
Currant, plum and blackberry fruit on a medium plus frame with medium minus acidity. I liked that it was not as ripe and forward as many Napa cabs, but it also lacked some depth and roundness from this slightly more lean style. Drinking nicely with about a half hour decant, and wish I could still get this for the $33 I paid.
Stingy nose though hints of bright fruit and cedar. Purple with a brick red edge. Initial attack is surprisingly non-existent, and I thought this wine was going to be a dud, but it opens up beautifully on the mid palate with dark berry, chocolate, oak, and a hint of coffee. Well integrated tannin and a sold finish. Drank alongside a 2005 Michel Rolland Cuvee Bordeaux and this one was voted the favorite.
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(Chapellet Signature Napa Cabernet Sauvignon) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-very heavy basil & fennel; nice dark currants; nice nose; TASTE-I really like the backbone & structure; nice black currant; black cherry soda; beautiful mid-palate transition of a grainy wood dust component; nice length on the mid-palate; the finish is tremendous; dark chocolate; perfect integration & balance; great value; GV-92+
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