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RP94+ "Profound Cabernet...A Bargain for What's in the Bottle" - 03/07/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Continuing in its string of sensational vintages, the 2014 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Cab has garnered dual 94 point ratings from Robert Parker and James Sucking. If such adulation isn’t enough to convince you to buy a bottle (or a case for that matter), this 2014’s remarkable sub-$60 price should hopefully do the trick. It with good reason Galloni calls it “a real head-turner...superb value.” Standing shoulder to shoulder with some of Napa’s most collectible bottlings - wines that cost upwards of $100 - it is astounding to think the "Signature" can sell at such a remarkably affordable price. There is little question that it is one of the best deals going in Napa Cab.

As Robert Parker points out this 2014 is “a classic example of Pritchard Hill, Chappellet and of Napa Valley” as it conveys all the power and dense fruit one expects from these historic locales. Blackberry, plum, creme de cassis, and moments of toasty oak are all in play and are accompanied by a supple, velvety texture. This triumph of winemaking is sure to develop beautifully for another 20 years, but it's so delicious now who can wait. Chappellet’s “Signature,” especially with this kind of press, usually sells out very quickly - make sure to secure yours today.

2014 Chappellet

2014 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, mushrooms and spices. Full and very intense with lots of fruit. Firm and silky. Plenty of tension. Layered and intense. Love it now, but this will be better in 2020." (01/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9/% Petit Verdot and the rest Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, is a classic example of Pritchard Hill, Chappellet and of Napa Valley. Brilliant purity, a dense purple color, superb blackberry and floral-infused blueberry fruit and cassis, a full-bodied mouthfeel, moderate but sweet tannin and a long, layered, texture and finish make for a profound Cabernet Sauvignon that actually sells at a bargain price for what is in the bottle. Moreover, look for it to evolve graciously for another 20+ years. 94+ (RP)" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is fabulous. A host of graphite, smoke, licorice, lavender, crème de cassis and exotic spice give the wine its characteristic savory and mineral-drenched flavors. Medium in body and exquisitely layered in the glass, the Signature is a real head-turner. Best of all, it is a superb value. And I do mean superb. (AG)" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: Very few Domestic Cabernets have outperformed the Chappellet Signature bottling over the last few years. Both the 2012 and 2013 were gigantic hits with both our customers and staff, selling out quickly and having both asking for more. We think 2014 is every bit as good, if not better in its youth, and should be received with plenty of fanfare and merriment.

Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 02, 2016

Very few Domestic Cabernets have outperformed the Chappellet Signature bottling over the last few years. Both the 2012 and 2013 were gigantic hits with both our customers and staff, selling out quickly and having both asking for more. So when the 2014 was released a few days back, we rushed at the opportunity to try the wine and get it out in front of you before everyone catches on to just how good this wine is again.<BR>From 2014, the third in a series of tremendous and plentiful vintages in Napa, this deeply set, richly hued Cabernet Sauvignon is packed with character and youthful exuberance. Pastilles, spiced plum, figgy pudding, lavender fields and a sweet-hued black currant fruit pack the overt nose. Shockingly seamless for a wine of this ilk and age, this has a long and wide palate of blackberry cobbler, cocoa nibs, cured black olives, white pepper, sweet black tea and nicely positioned tannins towards the back of the mid-palate. I loved the tension here between the sizeable grip and the mass of sweet, exotic fruit that drives the wine forward. There are going to be a lot of $60 Cabs that cant hold a candle to this released over the next few months, probably with plenty of high scores. Wed recommend grabbing one of the best while you can before the press, or the groundswell of interest, catches up with it.

Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 28, 2016

Wow. The 2014 Chappellet Signature is strikingly approachable right now. Showing notes of dark berry fruit, bramble, red licorice, parsley leaf and mocha. Most releases from Chappellet (especially their flagship cab blend) need a year or two to settle in but this young wine is fresh, vibrant and drinking very well already. I have a strong feeling that this offering from Chappellet is going to garner high praises from the critics so it may be advisable to stock up now while they're still available.

Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 28, 2016

The main story here is that this is a great vintage of Chappellet Signature. Ask the professionals (especially Galloni and Parker) and the amateurs alike and this is the first name that you'll usually hear for a wine that can rival some of the Napa Cabernet colllectibles and cults but still rewards the price point. This vintage is a bit cooler and more accessible than the 2013 to date. The flavors are a bit primary (it is a 2014 after all) but the texture, structure, and depth all play up to a seriously impressive Cabernet that showcase the caliber and class of this label. It will compete with some of their best vintages but perhaps will find its drinking window a bit sooner. It's hard to follow in the footsteps of their monumental 2013, but this one fits the bill and won't have trouble finding the same kind of acclaim and adoration in 2014.

James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 28, 2016

Wow! Don't know that I've ever had a wine that carried such a strong note of baking chocolate - in a super good way. Behind the chocolate are plenty of ripe, fleshy flavors of boysenberry, plum, and loads of cassis. The tannins even at this young age are soft and supple making for a very smooth approach and finish. The longevity in this wine will most certainly come from its solid core of acidity. It is amazingly lively and youthful and will likely remain that way for many years to come. This is an amazing value in Napa Cab you won't want to miss.