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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 109815)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $49.99

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
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
2002 Wine Spectator 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:

The 2006 vintage of this wine was ranked #6 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2009

Spring 2008 was extremely dry, which prompted the vines to push out early. Though daytime temperatures were picture-perfect, cold evening temperatures and some frost made for challenging conditions. Moderate, consistent temperatures continued throughout the summer, setting up excellent conditions for ripening rich, balanced fruit at harvest.

Ripe and spicy aromas offer vibrant layers of blackberry, cherry and pomegranate intermingled with notes of clove, cinnamon and anise. A savory impression of warm crust, accentuated by baked cherry and espresso elements, adds further depth to an already tantalizing nose. The wine is rich and mouthcoating from the first sip, displaying enticing fruit. Big rounded tannins add flavor and structure, as well as a firm but gentle grip that underscores beautiful concentration and viscosity.

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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.