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Chappellet Vineyard & Winery

2009 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon


Press Democrat

May 21, 2012
Peg Melnik
2009 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“A tasty cab with great bones. Briary, with layered flavors. Notes of blackberry, cassis, herbs and black pepper. Nice length.” The Tasting Panel May 2012 Andy Dias Blue 2009 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon “Smooth and velvety with bright plum and cherry fruit; racy and fresh with great depth, style and finesse; agile and charming.” 92 Points – Outstanding

International Wine Cellar

May 2012
Stephen Tanzer
2009 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“Medium ruby-red. Complex, varietally expressive aromas of cassis, black cherry, minerals, tobacco and chocolate, plus a light leafy element. Suave but tightly wound, with lovely energy and mountain power to its medicinal black fruit and menthol flavors. In a fairly dry style, showing little easy sweetness and finishing with substantial mouthcoating tannins. This will need a good six to eight years to expand in bottle.” 92 Points

April 30, 2012
Joe Roberts via Twitter
2009 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon “09 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): So unapologetic & bold, it could have been sculpted by Marcel Duchamp. $49 B+”

Wine Spectator

April 9, 2012
MaryAnn Worobiec
“12 Napa Standouts” 2009 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon “Dense and a touch rustic, with chewy tannins, crushed rock, dried berry, sage and savory flavors. Maintains its firm, tight focus and appears built for the long haul.” 90 Points

WineLines Online

March 2012
Glen Frederiksen
2009 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“Chappellet’s flagship wine is a big Cabernet, as evidenced by its opaque, purple-black color. The varietal nose is fruit-forward, full of rich cassis, fleshy black cherry and plum. Oak aging has added scents of clove, mocha and menthol. The tannins are large but rounded. This is a mouth-filling wine that leads to a plush, furry finish that keeps pumping blackberry fruit, mocha and licorice. Enjoyable now, it should shed some baby fat over the next several years and be at its peak around 2020.” 90 Points

Food & Wine

March 2012
Ray Isle
“In Praise of Powerful Cabernet: 8 Biggest and Best Cabernets”
2009 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon “The rocky slopes of Pritchard Hill give this Napa Cab fierce, muscular intensity.”

Cape Gazette

January 16, 2012
John McDonald
2009 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“Chappellet, an old time (relatively speaking) Cali Cab producer, showed 2009 Signature made from Pritchard Hill grapes. It is worth looking into. The barrenness of Pritchard Hill causes small, intense grapes in most years. 2009 provided a huge bouquet of cherry, plum, black currant and violets. Big, soft tannins support a mixed flavor pack of blackberry, cherry, cassis and spice flavors, and the oak barreling adds a soupcon of brown sugar molasses. The finish is very long, lush yet clean, due to a properly balanced acid.”

Wine & Spirits

April 2010
“21st Annual Restaurant Poll: Most Popular Cabernet Sauvignon”
Both the Mountain Cuvee and Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (no vintage listed) ranked 23rd