' 2010 Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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2010 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

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About This Wine:

The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon has been our 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 ageing potential, yet seductively forward in its concentrated varietal character. The dry, rocky soils of Pritchard Hill produce small, intensely flavorful grapes. Crop thinning allows for full, even ripening and further elevates flavor complexity.

Winemaker Notes

Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2010
Wine Type: Bold Red Wine
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition:
76% Cabernet Sauvignon
14% Merlot
6% Malbec
4% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: October 14 - 27, 2010
Sugar: 25.4° Brix at Harvest
Acid: TA – 0.58 g/100 ml
PH: pH - 3.84
Barrel Aging:
18 months
100% French Oak
Ageability: 15 years
Bottling Date: August, 2012
Alcohol %: 14.5%
Tasting Notes:

This wine offers all of the color, concentration and complexity of a classic Cabernet Sauvignon from Pritchard Hill. The nose displays, rich, vivid layers of dark berry, cherry, and sweet oak, underscored by background notes of bay leaf, sage, chocolate and anise. The mouthfeel is powerful, yet rounded, with a silky presence that allows the wine to gracefully support its size, and its voluptuous ripe cherry, berry and plum flavors. Spicy oak notes of cin- namon, vanilla and roasted coffee add nuance and depth, while youthful tannins give a fine grip to the palate providing the structure for long-term aging.

Vineyard Notes:

Though 2010 was one of the coldest years in the history of Chappellet, our experience from four decades of farming in Napa Valley paid great divi- dends. We aggressively thinned early in the season, doing as many as two to three fruit drops in all parts of the vineyard. Judicious canopy management combined with our ideal north-south row orientations allowed us to avoid burning during a significant August heat event. The weather in October was perfect, and though the harvest was compact, everything came in before the rains, with the grapes showing exceptional color and richness, good acidity and excellent flavor development.








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