2016 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1385032

Price: $64.95

JD 96 RP 96 VN 93
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  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Early reports suggest that 2016 will trail only 2013 for the strongest Napa vintage of the decade and this year's release of Chappellet's Signature appears to confirm those rumblings. It's open-knit and drinkable now, but also has the scaffolding to age gracefully for another 10+ years. Highly pointed, top vintage Napa Cabs for less than $100 are virtually extinct these days. Savvy buyers will grab a case of this one.
  • James Bradshaw
    By: James Bradshaw
    K&L Staff Member
    Ka-pow! This is a dark, inky beast! Ripe, fleshy, juicy, and wonderfully expressive, it is an absolute thrill ride. There's so much going on here, it's hard to know where to start. Blackberry compote, cherry liqueur, espresso bean, vanilla, and toasted marshmallow all make an appearance. Its tannins are folded in perfectly, making for a soft and supple delivery. Chappellet is consistently a favorite out of Napa and they did not disappoint with this gorgeous 2016. If you are looking for a pop-and-pour (although a decant is recommended), this is a great candidate. The "Signature" will also age quite beautifully for another ten to twenty. Anyone who loves them big and bold will want to get onboard here.
  • Alex Pross
    By: Alex Pross
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the best wines in all of Napa Valley for the money the 2016 Chappellet Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding wine with the pedigree to match. Coming from an area that routinely produces 100pt wines and Cult Cabernets the Chappellet signature Cabernet Sauvignon is a knockout. Black cherry, bitter chocolate and spice box aromas seamlessly shift to a palate bursting with blackberry and cassis fruit. Velvety tannins and a rich, mocha-laced finish make this an irresistible wine.
    Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2058
  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2016 Signature Cab is a knock out! The inky dark purple color is followed by aromas of graphite and blackberries. In the mouth, this deep, rich Cab is loaded with flavors of blueberry, black cherry, coco powder, vanilla bean and mocha. Tannins are firm but integrated, while the finish lingers on for a good 30 seconds. This wine should really come together in a cellar and drink well over the next 10-15 years!
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Napa's best high-end value is back in what should be a landmark vintage. Powerful aromas of deep blackberry, asphalt, and fine vanilla portray an imposing wine, but the palate is very pure and fresh with plenty of acidity and copious flavors of black cherry and ripe red plum, with hints of chocolate. It shows great presence and texture along with a mouthwatering finish that just begs for food to accompany it. This is another great success and highlights why savvy collectors should look to go long on 2016 in Napa. This deserves a long decant now, but will probably be best in given three years in a cellar and will drink well for the following fifteen with ease.


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