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1978 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • Rixley Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 19, 2021 - Popped and poured one evening with a few friends half way through dinner, and didn’t retain detailed notes, but everyone loved it! Had bought the bottle 30+years ago in a grocery store and had kind of forgotten about it. Well it was a huge hit with our guests. Wonderfully mature yet still with nice fruit and a long finish. Speaks highly of the winemaking in California )and at Chappelllet) in the 70’s. Not necessarily going for fruit bombs, this wine seemed like it could live forever.

  • nzinkgraf wrote:

    May 6, 2019 - Brown leaf oriented aromas. Maple syrup follow through. Really fresh palate. Meatier too. Light tannin.

  • dmb41ui wrote:

    December 23, 2018 - Drank from a 1.5L with the family for an early Christmas/belated 40th bday for the wife. A birth year wine for her, an excuse for me to buy and drink an older Chappellet. What a great experience with an older Napa Cabernet I don't drink often. No fruit but a rich dryness that went well with our sirloin roast. A beautiful wine that was fun sharing with family.

  • Bklyndude Likes this wine: 97 points

    July 15, 2017 - Tasted with Harvey and Suman in Beavercreek after a baroquely complex journey here. They were married the year the grapes in this wine were crushed and set aside with every good hope for the long journey to today. Like their marriage, this wine is profound -- deep and rewarding, smooth and mature, but still lively, with a hint of youthfulness expressed mainly as a smoky distillation of the (otherwise) resolved tannins -- and a bracing touch of acid. For the wine guy in me, this was a powerful, even revelatory bottle. For the brother-in-law, it's not a surprise -- they are our dearest family -- but still cause for savoring, reflection and celebration.

  • Outplaying wrote:

    July 23, 2016 - From a magnum that was simply stored in a closet of an air conditioned house. This bottle also made a couple trips across the country and up and down the east coast so there was low expectations. Popped and poured into a decanter. Initial nose of leather, tobacco with just a hint of fruit. Very soft, with no tannins. At this point we were happy the wine was still alive. With some time in the decanter, the wine blossomed. The tobacco and leather subsided a bit and some dark fruit and licorice emerged. This bottle was very much alive and could go many more years. Enjoyable and it was fun to drink and watch it change over time.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/27/2008 (link) 87 points

    (Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon) Group's #7 (my #5) – 73 pts; 0, 0, 2, 1 – Medium red color with pale meniscus; narrow sweet beef jus nose that changes after 30 minutes or so to a stewed plum and sage nose; sweet sage, cedar and cassis palate, that really drops off after 30 minutes in the glass; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1978
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chappellet
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 66 (69%)
  • Consumed 29 (31%)

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