The 2010 Cappella, ( 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot) reveals a dense purple color, and even greater aromatic and flavor dimensions than the 2009. Notes of sweet creme de cassis, coffee bean, graphite, white chocolate and forest floor are followed by an intense, full-bodied, luxuriously textured wine that has plenty of tannin, but it is sweet and enrobed by sumptuous fruit and glycerin. This fabulous 2010 is one of the superstars of the vintage. It should continue to evolve for 25-30 years. As a set of wines, it is hard to surpass the four cuvees from the estate vineyards of David Abreu. As I have written many times in the past, all of these wines are truly world-class efforts that stand alongside proprietary red wines made from Bordeaux varietals from any appellation in the world. Abreu has two vineyards in and around the town of St. Helena, the Madrona Ranch at the base of Spring Mountain and the Cappella, which is further toward the town. (RP)
The 2010 Cappella opens with expressive, savory tobacco, grilled herb, menthol and espresso notes, all typical of Cabernet Franc. Rich, layered and beautifully nuanced, the 2010 impresses for its depth and dark, intense fruit. Today, the 2010 comes across as tightly wound and not as expressive as it was from barrel, something that is typical of the vintage here. The 2010 is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot, all planted on St. George rootstock. 96+ (AG)
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