Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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.
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.