2006 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1043589 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 **Cellar Selection** Feels instantly special in the mouth, with beautiful tannins that are soft and ripe but complex at the same time. They frame deep, flavors of blackberries, currants, tobacco, dark chocolate, violets, anise and cedar, firmed with minerals. *Cellar Selection*  (9/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Assertive herb, anise, blackberry and wild berry fruit is tight, firm, tannic and well-structured, picking up depth and length on the finish. *Top 100 Wines of 2009 and Highly Recommended* (JL)  (7/2009)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A fabulous buy, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature offers abundant notes of blueberries, cassis, violets, licorice, and incense. Sweet tannins, an opulent, rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a velvety finish make this one of the most impressive 2006s I tasted. It can be drunk now or over the next 15-20 years. (RP)  (12/2009)

92 points James Suckling

 I prefer this slightly more than the 2007. A lovely wine, showing balance with minerals, currants, berries, and a light mint note on the nose and palate. Full, yet refined, with an elegant finish and wonderful length.  (4/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Cassis dominates the nose and entry of this supple, beautifully integrated wine. Violets, sage, earth and minerals on the mid-palate; pleasantly dusty tannins, gentle cocoa and vanillin oak, and refreshing acidity. No heat despite the high alcohol. 18/20 points (LM)  (8/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full ruby-red. Aromas of currant, tobacco, graphite and crushed rock. Sweet, plush and nicely deep, with a silky texture to the flavors of plum, currant and spicecake. Quite sweet, even a bit exotic, for this bottling. Finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins and plenty of spicy, chocolatey oak. (ST)  (5/2009)

K&L Notes

For more than 30 years, the "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon has been Chappellet's flagship wine. The 2006 is balanced and graceful while still packing the power of mountain fruit. Freshly-bruised herbs, plum and cherry fruit and a hint of stone carry from the wine's bouquet to its bold palate. Lots of spicy oak lingers on the finish. Enjoy now with some decanting or lay down for a few years.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.9