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2014 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1267322 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, mushrooms and spices. Full and very intense with lots of fruit. Firm and silky. Plenty of tension. Layered and intense. Inner quote mark (1/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) 94+ Inner quote mark (12/2016)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A complex bouquet of wild berries, dried flowers, subtle cigar box and a framing of new wood introduces a powerful, concentrated and sapid palate with fine but firm tannins. Inner quote mark (5/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature shows the charm, balance, and accessibility of the 2014 vintage beautifully. Still deep ruby/purple-hued, with a beautiful bouquet of crème de cassis and blueberry fruits intermixed with ample white flowers, damp earth, and truffle, this medium to full-bodied beauty has loads of character, an elegant, silky texture, terrific balance, and a great finish. It’s accessible today yet will cruise on its balance and overall harmony over the coming 15-20 years. Inner quote mark (11/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a powerhouse of wine, sturdy and well-built though reaching approachability in the glass. Tobacco, leather and dark chocolate-cherry flavors intermingle around a subtle suggestion of vanilla as sizably puckering tannins ask for air. Black pepper and clove dot the landscape. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (11/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A big yet graceful style that manages to rein in the tannins and let the supple dark berry, herb, black tea and cedary oak flavors display their complexity. Ends with an appropriate level of tannins. (JL) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark A lovely high-elevation Napa red. Deep glowing crimson. Fresh with graphite notes. Both lively and dense – bravo! Mountain-fresh and very rewarding. Lovely and clean and lightly minty. Sweet but not heavy. No hurry whatsoever to drink this. (JR) 17.5/20 points Inner quote mark (12/2017)

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 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.

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2016 | Send Email
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.
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 can’t hold a candle to this released over the next few months, probably with plenty of high scores. We’d recommend grabbing one of the best while you can before the press, or the groundswell of interest, catches up with it.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2016 | Send Email
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.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2016 | Send Email
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.

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2016 | Send Email
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.

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