April 27, 2019 - Same as a bottle six months ago. Tasted blind, I would never guess its age. Plenty of fruit left and still fairly balanced. Fairly rich, with a solid finish. It wasn't a religious experience, but it was a solid Napa cabernet at a very fair price (from the good old days when Donn was still alive and calling the shots).
March 5, 2019 - dam 2008...that year was cray...pretty much needed 10 years to forget that one lol...so now it's been 10 years...so go grab all the Napanomics 2008s you can get your hands on bc these things are done crying about the market crash and Boomer 401k losses and are ready to DRANK!! hapy phat toosday
October 20, 2018 - No reason to change my score. No signs of age and beautifully balanced right now. Nice, assertive nose - mostly currants. Currants and black cherries on the palate. Rich, full-bodied, with a very nice finish. Terrific wine for the money and holding up very well.
September 10, 2018 - Very dark and saturated. Knock-out nose of sweet vanilla-tinged oak creme de cassis. What the nose lacks in complexity, it makes up for in beauty. Very full-bodied and palate coating, this is again, somewhat simple but beautiful and powerful on the palate. Moderately tannic, but they're completely covered by the plush-textured fruit. Really fantastic in a straight-forward way, this is in a great place right now but should deliver drinking pleasure for up to a decade! Drink now-2026+ 92 df 9.3
June 24, 2018 - Decanted for around 30 minutes. Dark crimson color. Nose of cassis, blackberry, black currant, cedar cigar box and a bit of toasted oak spice on the back end. Similar flavors on the palate with spicy black fruit and integrated oak with a hint of caramel or toffee on the finish. Medium to medium+ acid, integrated sweet tannins and a smooth finish. Drinking very well and probably at or slightly past peak. Paired very well with a grilled NY strip.
June 11, 2018 - Opened (not decanted) about 60 to 90 minutes before tasting. No visible signs of age. Nice, assertive nose - mostly currants. Mostly black cherries on the palate, with minimal complexity (tobacco, graphite, etc.). Very rich, with big fruit and a flat-out terrific finish. Very well balanced, but the subdued tannins suggest it's at (or slightly beyond) its peak. Cost about half what I paid for a 2007 PlumpJack that I had recently, and it was at least twice as good (unless you really like vanilla lattes).
May 1, 2018 - Aged very nicely, needs 30-45 mins to open up. Everything is well integrated, fruit is mellow. Drink now, no need to age further.
March 25, 2018 - Drinking very nicely. Good dark fruit and pepper, long finish.
February 15, 2018 - Great nose and depth. Group of 6 (3 couples) were very complentary to this wine enjoy now!
January 30, 2018 - I'm surprised to see it's been so long since my last bottle of the 08. It is better resolved, better integrated, good deep fruit. Chappellet's Signature is pretty consistent across vintages. No less here as well.