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96-Point, 2015 Cab from the Napa Stalwart: Chappellet - 01/17/2018 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Few wineries hold such a long and illustrious tenure as Chappellet. Since 1967, they have crafted category-defining wines that exude richness, opulence, and impeccable poise. For this reason, we (and countless others) turn to their wines year after year. When a brilliant vintage, like 2015, comes along we make doubly sure to secure as many bottles of Chappellet as we can. The 96-Point, "Signature" Cab is about as impressive as they come and is a testament to winemaker Phillip Corallo-Titus’s unwavering commitment to crafting wines that are not only delicious, but convey a true sense of place. For those who love Napa Cab, you won’t find a more archetypical expression. Plum, cassis, cedar, and exotic spice pour forth and carry well into the wine’s long and lasting finish. It’s so downright delicious, you’ll find it impossible to put the glass down. It is no secret that the top Napa Cabs command a king’s ransom these days, but not so with this 2015. As Jeb Dunnuck notes in his glowing review, the “Signature” is “a sensational value.” Top-tier Cab like this almost never comes under the $75 mark, much less under $60. Go ahead and load up here, you’ll be glad you did.

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2015 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($54.95)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Looking at the two releases from Chappellet, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is the larger production cuvee and sees 22 months in 50% new French oak. Its deep, inky color is followed by an incredibly pure bouquet of crème de cassis, hints of blue fruits, graphite, and cedar. With gorgeous minerality, full-bodied richness, building tannin and notable purity, it's an incredible wine, as well as a sensational value." (12/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature delivers mocha, cassis and black soil notes with touches of black cherries, charcoal and fried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with black berry and earthy flavors, textured by chewy tannins and finishing earthy/savory. (LPB)" (10/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Bright red cherry, plum, rose petal and mint notes give the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature a very distinctive and, frankly surprising, amount of freshness. Vibrant, perfumed and nuanced, the Signature is flat-out delicious. The purity of the fruit here is striking, especially at this level. This mid-weight, gracious Cabernet remains one of the very best values in Napa Valley. The Signature saw 60% new oak, about half of it American, and the rest Hungarian and American. (AG)" (03/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is blended with a hearty 14% Petit Verdot and smaller additions of Merlot and Malbec. Together, they form a harmonious whole of soft, supple and densely packed flavor, characterized by red currant, earthy dried herb, plum and crayon that finishes in bold tannin and dark chocolate. (VB)" (09/2018)

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 20, 2018

A sustainably produced Napa Cab from a top producer that's under $55? Believe it! The "Signature" from Chappellet is just what you'd expect with inky, juicy, rich black fruit. You get a crushed rock mineral note and a little toasted vanilla from the barrel, which comes across as subtle instead of the dominant note. It's lush but balanced. The structure is there, but no one part feels out of whack. The tannin is big and ripe but feels velvety on the palate. The acidity is vibrant and gives the wine a freshness. The quality in fruit and wine making is apparent. This is a superb bottle of wine and one any lover of California Cabernet should try.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2018

This wine possesses power, concentration and refinement that would not be out of place in a $500 bottling from one of Chappellet's neighbors. The 2015 Signature, comprised of exclusively Pritchard Hill estate fruit, might be one of the best deals ever in modern Napa Cabernet. Bold, brassy saturated fruit, cassis, red and black currant, plum conserve, graphite, charred oak, cigar box and exotic spice. A rich, decadent mid-palate is balanced by classic varietal tannin and acidity that gives vitality and freshness to a concentrated and complex wine. Generosity of fruit to drink now but the stuffing to last a couple decades in the cellar. This is the real deal in Napa Cab.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

This rich, flashy, dark Cabernet has all of the toasty oak and dark currant fruit to impress on the very first sip. It also has real Cabernet structure underneath with real power for your next big steak meal. If you like big cab, this is a great choice. Fire up the grill, put on some big ribeyes and enjoy this very good Cabernet!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 10, 2018

The search for amazing values in Napa Valley Cabernets has become an arduous task. With so many people jumping into the lucrative game to cash in on skyrocketing prices, buyers can end up wasting a lot of dollars on subpar efforts. Chappellet represents the opposite. Winemaker Phillip Corallo and viticulturalist David Pro have been working together for over 25 years, and the quality of the wine they make is remarkable. It shows deep, rich flavors of red currants, pepper, mocha, roses and cigar tobacco with velvety tannins and great acid for aging. The balance and integration are superb, and at prices that make it a comparative steal. This is what California wine is about.