90+ points from Robert Parker: "Revealing a deeper ruby/purple color as well as a classic bouquet of blueberries, creme de cassis, spring flowers, and background earth, the medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years." (Dec. 2008) 90 points and one star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Young, deep, direct and promising, this cassis-scented bottling offers aromas that are still in the nascent phase of development. Not surprisingly, the wine is tight and tannic on the palate, but it is also well-focused and awaits some patient cellaring to open up and reveal its full, layered personality. Three or four years of patient cellaring would seem to be a minimum with a decade not being that much out of order." (August 2008)Previous vintages of Chappellet's "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon have been received with critical acclaim. The 2004 vintage scored 93 points in the Wine Spectator and was named one of their top wines of 2007. The 2005 vintage of this flagship wine promises to rouse even more excitement. Smokey blackberry and dusty cocoa notes on the nose are lifted by hints of California Bay aromas. On the palate the 2005 shows hints of spice to complement ripe black fruit and well-integrated oak, tannins and acidity.
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