Chappellet

Signature Donn Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.429 ratings
9.34 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Ron R
9.4

Whenever we drink this, we remember a lovely picnic at the winery with @Joe Lucca and his wife Diana. Chappellet’s wines are as impressive as the winery. This is a more restrained, subtle Napa cab, tilting more towards a French Bdx, as opposed to the more common Napa exuberance. The nose of soft oak and coffee notes displays elegance. The palate is pure and clean. With no signs of aging, delicate notes of black cherries and truffles are packaged with polished tannins and neutral oak. Drinking this was like standing in an art gallery while admiring a lovely piece of art - a wonderful experience.

Whenever we drink this, we remember a lovely picnic at the winery with @Joe Lucca and his wife Diana. Chappellet’s wines are as impressive as the winery. This is a more restrained, subtle Napa cab, tilting more towards a French Bdx, as opposed to the more common Napa exuberance. The nose of soft oak and coffee notes displays elegance. The palate is pure and clean. With no signs of aging, delicate notes of black cherries and truffles are packaged with polished tannins and neutral oak. Drinking this was like standing in an art gallery while admiring a lovely piece of art - a wonderful experience.

1 person found it helpfulSep 1st, 2018
Tom Kobylarz

Fairly shy though simmering density, light on its feet. Very savory with meaty roast beef notes, grilled herbs, graphite, black licorice, blackberry, creme d'cassis. Full bodied and backwards, this is kind if exotic with still firm tannin and a powerful full throttle finish.

Fairly shy though simmering density, light on its feet. Very savory with meaty roast beef notes, grilled herbs, graphite, black licorice, blackberry, creme d'cassis. Full bodied and backwards, this is kind if exotic with still firm tannin and a powerful full throttle finish.

Jul 4th, 2014
Peter Zandbergen

Love those USA Cabernet Sauvignon wines!

Love those USA Cabernet Sauvignon wines!

Dec 15th, 2020
JJ Lumia

What the heck. Another 10-yr cab for comparison's sake. I bought a half case and remember this well. Fantastic initially, regressed then sprung back to life. At 10 years, it's still going strong though I'd say it's peaked. It's oozing blackberry fruit, complemented by currant, dark chocolate, herbs and spicebox. Lush and silky, though not as enticing or seductive as the Hall.

What the heck. Another 10-yr cab for comparison's sake. I bought a half case and remember this well. Fantastic initially, regressed then sprung back to life. At 10 years, it's still going strong though I'd say it's peaked. It's oozing blackberry fruit, complemented by currant, dark chocolate, herbs and spicebox. Lush and silky, though not as enticing or seductive as the Hall.

Jan 10th, 2017
Laith A

Wow!!! Love love love it!!

Wow!!! Love love love it!!

Aug 21st, 2016
Dario Scimeca

Oh yeah

Oh yeah

May 29th, 2016
Dario Scimeca

Jet black, fair amount of well-integrated oak, a high class cab. Plenty of time left if you have a bottle.

Jet black, fair amount of well-integrated oak, a high class cab. Plenty of time left if you have a bottle.

Apr 18th, 2016
Liza Wilhite

So smooth

So smooth

Aug 13th, 2015
Marc Vetuschi

Smooth and rich. Lot of life left on this one. Blackberry, earth, balsamic.

Smooth and rich. Lot of life left on this one. Blackberry, earth, balsamic.

Mar 7th, 2015
William Goldsmith

From mag

From mag

Mar 1st, 2015