Chappellet

Signature Donn Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.1116 ratings
9.011 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
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.9

The fruit is fresher than expected, and resolutely black. Supple with balanced cocoa/cedar/vanilla.

The fruit is fresher than expected, and resolutely black. Supple with balanced cocoa/cedar/vanilla.

4 people found it helpfulDec 8th, 2013
Aaron Means

Classic Napa Cab. What more can u want?

Classic Napa Cab. What more can u want?

1 person found it helpfulAug 23rd, 2014
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.5

Very correct, black fruit and dry oak, but quite tight and ungenerous for Cabernet at this price. Even for the vintage, seems rather safe.

Very correct, black fruit and dry oak, but quite tight and ungenerous for Cabernet at this price. Even for the vintage, seems rather safe.

1 person found it helpfulApr 19th, 2014
Nick Davis

2011 not showing as expected.

2011 not showing as expected.

Jul 23rd, 2015
Patrick Derdeyn

Chappellet Signature 2011. From a "down" vintage, but good winemakers make good wine. Maybe not built for the ages, but there is plenty here to enjoy now.

Chappellet Signature 2011. From a "down" vintage, but good winemakers make good wine. Maybe not built for the ages, but there is plenty here to enjoy now.

Feb 16th, 2015
Nathan Kinney

Big, intense. Dark fruit, tobacco, oak.

Big, intense. Dark fruit, tobacco, oak.

Mar 31st, 2019
Lindsey Boschen

Oh my gosh so smooth.....like butter! Amazing nose on it. Bold taste. Buy this one again I will! Really like this one.

Oh my gosh so smooth.....like butter! Amazing nose on it. Bold taste. Buy this one again I will! Really like this one.

Dec 20th, 2016
Marshall Todd Herron DPM

Dang!!!!! I lost my first rating! Okay, once again. This is a 2011 Cab from Cali. Yes it is true that this was not the best year for California. However, for Donn Chappellet it has been a great success!!!!
This 2011 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon is superb! It is 14.5 % alcohol!!!!!! - decant at least an hour! It was hard! The cork was perfectly preserved. The decanting time was 1 hour. The color is pitch black with a purple hue. The legs are thick and slow. The bouquet is lavender and blackberry cobbler! The initial palate is fresh cabernet grapes, blackberries, raspberries, leather, and butter. There is no sharp nor astringent beginning. It is very smooth. The finish is moderately long with hints of green apple and oak. It is minimally dry. There is no spice nor pepper which would make it pure perfection. Therefore I give it a 9.8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dang!!!!! I lost my first rating! Okay, once again. This is a 2011 Cab from Cali. Yes it is true that this was not the best year for California. However, for Donn Chappellet it has been a great success!!!!
This 2011 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon is superb! It is 14.5 % alcohol!!!!!! - decant at least an hour! It was hard! The cork was perfectly preserved. The decanting time was 1 hour. The color is pitch black with a purple hue. The legs are thick and slow. The bouquet is lavender and blackberry cobbler! The initial palate is fresh cabernet grapes, blackberries, raspberries, leather, and butter. There is no sharp nor astringent beginning. It is very smooth. The finish is moderately long with hints of green apple and oak. It is minimally dry. There is no spice nor pepper which would make it pure perfection. Therefore I give it a 9.8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 18th, 2016
Travis Vathauer

Bold rich cab

Bold rich cab

Mar 21st, 2016
Darragh Chase

LOVE solid 2nd in wine tasting with Dave

LOVE solid 2nd in wine tasting with Dave

Feb 15th, 2016