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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 113012)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $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
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
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
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

The depth and complexity that mark the spectacular 2009 growing season are fully on display in this wine, with head-turning aromatics of black currant, cherry, plum and violet leaping out of the glass before revealing subtler notes of cinnamon, clove, espresso, cocoa and anise. On the palate, the tannins are large, yet velvety, supporting voluptuous layers of blackberry, Bing cherry, cassis and baking spices. Oak-inspired notes of caramelized brown sugar and molasses add additional nuance, while leading to a plush, lingering finish.

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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.