Chappellet

Signature Donn Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2130 ratings
9.216 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Founded by Donn and Molly Chappelet in 1967 on renowned Pritchard Hill. A blend of 76% Cab Sauv, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cab Franc & 4% Merlot. Deep Ruby with purple edges, aromas of dark berry fruits, cedar, cacao and gentle sweet herbs. On the palate rich flavors of blackberry and currants with sweet oak and herbs with a great mouthfeel. Soft fine tannins, lingering ending with fruit and gentle oak. Will improve but great now!

Founded by Donn and Molly Chappelet in 1967 on renowned Pritchard Hill. A blend of 76% Cab Sauv, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cab Franc & 4% Merlot. Deep Ruby with purple edges, aromas of dark berry fruits, cedar, cacao and gentle sweet herbs. On the palate rich flavors of blackberry and currants with sweet oak and herbs with a great mouthfeel. Soft fine tannins, lingering ending with fruit and gentle oak. Will improve but great now!

Jun 24th, 2019
LM Segal

Just so rich, loamy, smooth. 85% dark chocolate. Very developed and resolved given its youth. Phenomenal.

Just so rich, loamy, smooth. 85% dark chocolate. Very developed and resolved given its youth. Phenomenal.

Mar 26th, 2019
Daniel P. Drake

Here it is hump day and I wanted to enjoy a nice Cabernet. Colder weather is setting in and this 2014 Chappellet Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon does not disappoint. The blend for this vintage is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot delicious!

On the nose is very expressive dark luscious fruit, black cherry, black raspberry, black currant, strawberry, chocolate, leather, sweet oak and dusty soil.

On the palate the dark fruit shows through with black raspberry, black cherry, black currant, green bell pepper, black pepper, clove and graphite.

We have a full bodied wine here and a velvety smooth mouth feel with a medium + electric acidity and medium + mouth gripping tannins that leads to a long pleasing finish. A beautiful wine that fits the bill to lead into the weekend. Have a great rest of the week and be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Here it is hump day and I wanted to enjoy a nice Cabernet. Colder weather is setting in and this 2014 Chappellet Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon does not disappoint. The blend for this vintage is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot delicious!

On the nose is very expressive dark luscious fruit, black cherry, black raspberry, black currant, strawberry, chocolate, leather, sweet oak and dusty soil.

On the palate the dark fruit shows through with black raspberry, black cherry, black currant, green bell pepper, black pepper, clove and graphite.

We have a full bodied wine here and a velvety smooth mouth feel with a medium + electric acidity and medium + mouth gripping tannins that leads to a long pleasing finish. A beautiful wine that fits the bill to lead into the weekend. Have a great rest of the week and be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Oct 10th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

One nose, creamy, ruby, dark and mid fruits, big red florals, violets with distinct strawberries & raspberries rounded things out. The palate has creamy dark fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries & raspberries. Liquid violets, soft, dusty, big tannin structure, dry black earth, crushed dry rocks, leather, touch of cola, dry red florals, mint and touch of herbs. The finish is lean, dry, earthy with good acidity. Wine needs 10 years before I'd open a bottle. Photo tour of; Chappellet vineyard, tastings area, estate building and barrel room. Phillip Corallo-Titu is their Winemaker since 1990.

One nose, creamy, ruby, dark and mid fruits, big red florals, violets with distinct strawberries & raspberries rounded things out. The palate has creamy dark fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries & raspberries. Liquid violets, soft, dusty, big tannin structure, dry black earth, crushed dry rocks, leather, touch of cola, dry red florals, mint and touch of herbs. The finish is lean, dry, earthy with good acidity. Wine needs 10 years before I'd open a bottle. Photo tour of; Chappellet vineyard, tastings area, estate building and barrel room. Phillip Corallo-Titu is their Winemaker since 1990.

Jun 30th, 2017
Kyle Groombridge

Enjoyed this youngster last night.. new '14 bottling and though it needs a lot of time, it showed beautifully of things to come. Despite high-ish alcohol, this is not your new-age fruit bomb Napa cab - it is loaded with more savory roasted herb notes as well as oldschool Napa cedar and some sweet fruit on the finish. A great effort and shows well now, but would definitely be better with approx. 5 more years to even out a bit.

Enjoyed this youngster last night.. new '14 bottling and though it needs a lot of time, it showed beautifully of things to come. Despite high-ish alcohol, this is not your new-age fruit bomb Napa cab - it is loaded with more savory roasted herb notes as well as oldschool Napa cedar and some sweet fruit on the finish. A great effort and shows well now, but would definitely be better with approx. 5 more years to even out a bit.

Dec 14th, 2016
Corey Zamora, CSW

Huge, not the most balanced, heavy on the alcohol.

Huge, not the most balanced, heavy on the alcohol.

Aug 15th, 2016
Jeff Sidwell

Owner Bon! Gourmet

2014 pretty wine. Beautiful. Not a lot of stuffing. Lots of tannins showing very drying

2014 pretty wine. Beautiful. Not a lot of stuffing. Lots of tannins showing very drying

Nov 15th, 2016
Jeff Sidwell

Owner Bon! Gourmet

Quite large and dense in the mouth.

Quite large and dense in the mouth.

Aug 25th, 2016
Dawn E.

Loads of red and dark fruit...minerals..pencil lead..cocoa powder....violets! Great fruit mineral balance...really nice Cabernet! Happy Mother's Day to all! πŸ’— We celebrated my son's commencement for his Master's so it has been an extra special weekend! πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“
Vintage 2014.

Loads of red and dark fruit...minerals..pencil lead..cocoa powder....violets! Great fruit mineral balance...really nice Cabernet! Happy Mother's Day to all! πŸ’— We celebrated my son's commencement for his Master's so it has been an extra special weekend! πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“
Vintage 2014.

May 12th, 2019
Willie Carter

A gorgeous deep purple with a wide brim. Nicely textured nose with dark fruit upfront and accentuated with black tea, dark chocolate, and just a bit of toasted oak. This is a big, big wine and even though I probably opened this far too early, it’s absolutely singing right now. Balance and purity are the key words here. Whatever heat you initially encounter soon dissipates and you’re left with a superb example of what a Napa Cab can be. Purity of fruit on the lush palate with blueberries and blueberries. Smoky tobacco, spice, and herbs round things off. A nice dollop of vanilla on the moderately long finish. This is such a good wine from one of the standard bearers of Napa Valley.

A gorgeous deep purple with a wide brim. Nicely textured nose with dark fruit upfront and accentuated with black tea, dark chocolate, and just a bit of toasted oak. This is a big, big wine and even though I probably opened this far too early, it’s absolutely singing right now. Balance and purity are the key words here. Whatever heat you initially encounter soon dissipates and you’re left with a superb example of what a Napa Cab can be. Purity of fruit on the lush palate with blueberries and blueberries. Smoky tobacco, spice, and herbs round things off. A nice dollop of vanilla on the moderately long finish. This is such a good wine from one of the standard bearers of Napa Valley.

Mar 16th, 2019