2016 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Selection

Year: 2016
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 96+
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$59.95
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"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." (WA)

"Chappellet's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is powerful, dense and super-expressive. Mocha, bittersweet chocolate, spice, new leather and menthol wrap around a core of beautifully layered, dark-fleshed fruit. Ample, creamy and resonant on the palate, the 2016 has a lot to offer. Best of all, the Signature remains one of the very finest values readers will find in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon." (VM)

"Gorgeous fruit with currant and blackberry character. Medium to full body, silky and luscious tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Lovely drinkability now, but will improve with age." (JS)

Winery Notes:
The 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 aging 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 elevates flavor complexity.

Growing Season & Harvest:
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 our red grapes began in mid-September, with the fruit showing a perfect balance between bright natural acidity and lovely varietal flavors.

Tasting Notes:
A classic expression of hillside Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this luxurious and powerfully structured wine begins with aromas of ripe berry, cherry, cedar and cigar box, as well as notes of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla and clove. On the palate, rich, but well-knit tannins, underscore silky berry liqueur flavors, carrying the wine to a lingering finish with hints of bay leaf and anise.