The "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon has been Chappellet's flagship wine for more than three decades. It is a benchmark for the long-lived hillside wines of the Napa Valley; full of structure and aging potential, yet seductively forward in its concentrated varietal character. Collectors covet vintages from the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's, and the acclaimed 2000's uphold this enduring tradition.
New York Steaks with Boursin and Merlot
Roast Leg of Lamb with Pancetta, Sage and Rosemary
Roasted Rack of Venison and Shallots with Dried Cranberry Gravy
Spiced Venison Steaks with Red Cabbage Confit and Red Wine Sauce
||September 30 through November 1, 2005
||25.5– 27.6° Brix at Harvest
||TA–0.55 g/100 ml
An attractive array of blackberry, smoke, dark chocolate, and bay leaf aromas leads to a lustrous, layered wine. Rich on the palate with a velvet texture, the spicy, ripe, black fruits are beautifully integrated with the oak, tannins, and acidity.
The 2005 growing season was one of the longest and coolest seasons in recent memory. Budbreak occurred in March, followed by a long bloom and set, creating a hefty crop. The unseasonably cool, wet spring spurred vigorous growth in the vineyard, necessitating canopy management and fruit thinning to ensure proper ripening of the grapes. Mild, even weather prevailed into September, allowing for a lengthy harvest.
Cabernet Sauvignon 84%
Petit Verdot 5%