- 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 flavour 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
"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is plump, racy and super-expressive. Raspberry jam, spice, mocha, blood orange and pomegranate are all given an extra kick of textural richness. Unctuous and bold, the 2017 offers tons of near- and medium-term appeal. This is a terrific effort. The Signature Cabernet remains one of the very best Napa Valley wines in its price range."
93 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Jan. 2020)