- Producer: Chappellet Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Phillip Corallo-Titus
- Region (AVA): Pritchard Hill (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec
- Winery location: Pritchard Hill
- Owners: The Chappellet Family
- First vintage: 1968
- Drinking window: 2020-2032
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.
After five years of drought, the 2017 growing season started off with recordsetting rainfalls that replenished the vines and pushed the growing season to a later-than-normal start. In the vineyards, the team applied thoughtful canopy management techniques to achieve balanced crops with just the right amount of sunlight on the fruit. Moderately warm temperatures in late May led to a perfectly timed bloom and fruit set. With rising temperatures in the last week of August, the grapes were able to develop ideal ripeness, resulting in wines with lovely colors and aromatics accompanied by beautifully concentrated flavors.
Chappellet Winery Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
"A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 8% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature reveals intense notes of warm cassis, preserved plums and Black Forest cake plus hints of garrigue, cedar chest and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is delicately styled with fresh, energetic black fruits and a light chew of tannins, finishing earthy."
91 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Oct. 2019)