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Date Printed: 7/10/2014
Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 81929)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Elegantly styled with a wonderful sense of balance, it offers a complex core of currant, anise, sage and a splash of vanilla and mocha, finishing with ripe, fine-grained tannins that flex their muscles on the finish. Best from 2006 through 2012."
-Wine Spectator

The "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon has been Chappellet's flagship wine for more than three decades. It is a benchmark for the long-lived hillside wines of the Napa Valley; full of structure and ageing potential, yet seductively forward in its concentrated varietal character. Collectors covet vintages from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

This wine opens with inviting ripe fruit aromas of blackberries, black cherry and plum. Chocolate, espresso and oak spice add depth and richness. Background notes of black pepper and cedar add complexity to the nose. Flavors of sweet berries mingle with anise, coffee and toasted French oak. The texture is rich and mouth-filling, with firm, integrated tannins adding structure and finesse to the palate. The closing notes are long and lingering, with flavors of concentrated fruit and spice.

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About Chappellet Winery:

For more than four decades, the Chappellet family has been crafting world-class wines from fruit cultivated on the steep, rocky slopes of Napa Valley's renowned Pritchard Hill. As one of the first wineries to pioneer high-elevation hillside planting, and one of the few remaining great family-owned Napa Valley wineries, Chappellet Vineyard and Winery has influenced generations of vintners. Throughout its history, Chappellet has also established an enduring legacy as one of California's most acclaimed producers of Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Chappellets' romance with Pritchard Hill began when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed the mountain's spectacular vistas in the late 1960s. Inspired by the notion that Bacchus loves the hills, Donn and Molly followed the advice of legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff and settled on the rocky eastern slopes of the Napa Valley. There, on the mountain’s serene and picturesque hillsides, the Chappellets established their home and winery, raising their children and cultivating the vineyards.

Since being founded by Donn and Molly in 1967, Chappellet has earned acclaim championing the robust power and complexity of wines crafted from mountain grapes. At the same time, Chappellet has helped to establish Pritchard Hill as one of California’s most revered winegrowing sites. To honor the mountain's rich, expressive character, the winemaking team focuses on creating extraordinary, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignons that embody the intensity and finesse of fruit from Pritchard Hill.