- Producer: Chappellet Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Phillip Corallo-Titus
- Region (AVA): Pritchard Hill (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec
- Winery location: Pritchard Hill
- Owners: The Chappellet Family
- First vintage: 1968
- Drinking window: 2019-2037
About The Wine:
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 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.
The 2016 growing season continued a string of phenomenal vintages that goes all the way back to 2012. With no frost issues, and ideally timed March rains, the season got oﬀ to an early start. The weather throughout spring and summer was temperate and even, ultimately yielding near-average heat accumulation numbers for the season, and allowing the grapes to ripen at a leisurely pace. Harvest for the red grapes began in mid-September, with the fruit showing a perfect balance between bright natural acidity and lovely varietal ﬂavours.
Chappellet Winery Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature has a very deep garnet-purple color and opens with wonderfully expressive notes of warm cassis, baked plums, black raspberries and kirsch with suggestions of underbrush, lilacs and chocolate box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals layers of red and black berries with stunning freshness and an approachable, grainy texture, finishing long and earthy."
96+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Oct. 2018)
"Starting with the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, it sports a vivid purple color as well as a stunningly pure bouquet of crème de cassis, vanilla oak, spice box, and graphite. Deep, full-bodied, with incredible purity of fruit, this beauty has no hard edges, offering beautiful overall balance and a great finish. As with most 2016s, it has a certain accessibility and upfront charm, but it will be even better with short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. This beauty is worthy of a multi-case purchase."
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2019)