Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Opening with expressive notes of blackberry, cherry and cassis, the wine is full-bodied and rich. Hints of chocolate and espresso layer with spicy oak for added complexity. Smooth tannins infused with ripe sweet fruit create a lush, supple texture. Rich waves of berry, spice and herbs create a lasting impression of finesse and structure in this Cabernet. Serve with traditional steaks topped with Boursin cheese for a twist, roast leg of Lamb with rosemary, roasted rack of Venison with sage and shallots with dried cranberry gravy, or with spiced Venison steaks with Red Cabbage Confit and Red Wine Sauce.
Jeb DunnuckLooking at the two releases from Chappellet, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is the larger production cuvee and sees 22 months in 50% new French oak. Its deep, inky color is followed by an incredibly pure bouquet of crème de cassis, hints of blue fruits, graphite, and cedar. With gorgeous minerality, full-bodied richness, building tannin and notable purity, it's an incredible wine, as well as a sensational value.
Wine EnthusiastThis is blended with a hearty 14% Petit Verdot and smaller additions of Merlot and Malbec. Together, they form a harmonious whole of soft, supple and densely packed flavor, characterized by red currant, earthy dried herb, plum and crayon that finishes in bold tannin and dark chocolate.
Wine AdvocateThe deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature delivers mocha, cassis and black soil notes with touches of black cherries, charcoal and fried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with black berry and earthy flavors, textured by chewy tannins and finishing earthy/savory.
Wine SpectatorHerb, green olive, cedar and red berry flavors are at the core of this firm, structured effort, turning austere on the aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2030. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 12,000 cases made.