The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature from Chappellet, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, is a stunner. Moreover, it’s a pretty realistic value for a top-notch Cabernet from California. Of course, it’s a great vintage and they’ve nailed it. Deep ruby/purple color, notes of blueberry, blackberry, with cassis, camphor and spring flowers, the wine is full-bodied, powerful (14.8% natural alcohol), layered with supple tannins and a long, long finish. This wine can be drunk now, or cellared for 25 or more years. (RP)
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is bright, focused and nuanced throughout. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red berries, pomegranate and cinnamon are some of the aromas and flavor that flesh out in the glass. Striking in its aromatics, with pliant, open-knit fruit and fabulous balance, the 2013 offers outstanding quality and even better value. The addition of Malbec and Merlot in the blend softens some of the contours. Polished and refined, the 2013 Signature is one of the best wines readers will find for the money. (AG)
This is Phillip Corallo-Titus’s flagship wine, from vineyards on Pritchard Hill, in the eastern elevations of Napa Valley. The blend includes 12 percent malbec, as well as a little merlot and petit verdot; it presents the Napa Valley’s assets in the restrained style of a claret touched by sweet ripeness. The luscious texture offers up a fragrant tumble of fresh raspberry, floral plum and rose petal spice. It’s sturdy in a gentle way, the tannins mineral and refined. This has the concentration and grace to develop over a decade or more.
This lovely wine offers classic elements of cedar and tar built around a medium-bodied weight of soft, complex texture. Smoky oak never detracts from the layering of black licorice and blackberry that builds as it goes, this wine defined most by its substantial length. (VB)
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